Enhancing Attachment Organization Among Maltreated Children: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial

Kristin Bernard, Mary Dozier, Johanna Bick, Erin Lewis-Morrarty, Oliver Lindhiem, Elizabeth Carlson

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Abstract

Young children who have experienced early adversity are at risk for developing disorganized attachments. The efficacy of Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), an intervention targeting nurturing care among parents identified as being at risk for neglecting their young children, was evaluated through a randomized clinical trial. Attachment quality was assessed in the Strange Situation for 120 children between 11.7 and 31.9months of age (M=19.1, SD=5.5). Children in the ABC intervention showed significantly lower rates of disorganized attachment (32%) and higher rates of secure attachment (52%) relative to the control intervention (57% and 33%, respectively). These results support the efficacy of the ABC intervention in enhancing attachment quality among parents at high risk for maltreatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-636
Number of pages14
JournalChild development
Volume83
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

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