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Atypical Attachment in Infancy and Early Childhood Among Children at Developmental Risk

Atypical Attachment in Infancy and Early Childhood Among Children at Developmental Risk

Joan Vondra, Douglas Barnett

ISBN: 978-0-631-21592-9

Apr 2000, Wiley-Blackwell

236 pages

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This book brings together current theory and research about atypical attachments in infants and young children at developmental risk in order to illustrate and understand some of the key issues in cases that do not fit traditional attachment patterns.

I. Atypical Patterns of Early Attachment: Theory, Research, and Current Directions: Douglas Barnett and Joan I. Vondra.

II. Neurological Aspects of the Disorganized/Disoriented Attachment Classification System: Differentiating Quality of the Attachment Relationship from Neurological Impairment: Sandra Pipp-Siegel, Clifford H. Siegel, and Janet Dean.

III. Maternal Sensitivity, Child Functional Level, and Attachment in Down Syndrome: Leslie Atkinson, Vivienne C. Chisholm, Brian Scott, Susan Goldberg, Brian E. Vaughn, Janis Blackwell, Susan Dickens, and Frances Tam.

IV. Maternal Frightened, Frightening, or Atypical Behavior and Disogranized Infant Attachment Patterns: Karlen Lyons-Ruth, Elisa Bronfman, and Elizabeth Parsons.

V. Maltreatment, Negative Expressivity, and the Development of Type D Attachments from 12 to 24 Months of Age: Douglas Barnett, Jody Ganiban, and Dante Cicchetti.

VI. Stability and Change in Infant Attachment in a Low-Income Sample: Joan I. Vondra, Katherine Dowdell Hommerding, and Daniel S. Shaw.

VII. Danger and Development: The Organization of Self-Protective Strategies: Patricia McKinsey Crittenden.

VIII. Atypical Patterns of Early Attachment: Discussion and Future Directions: Douglas Barnett, Christine M. Butler, and Joan I. Vondra.





Atypical Attachment in Atypical Circumstances: Everett Waters and Judith A. Crowell.


Statement of Editorial Policy.

This monograph attempts to use current theory and research to illustrate and help increase understanding of issues involved in cases that do not follow the traditional attachment coding system developed by Ainsworth, et al.

The book suggests several conceptual issues regarding parent-child attachment that require further empirical study.

The book works as a bridge between the fields of developmental and clinical psychology.