Journal article

Preconception and perinatal predictors of offspring attachment disorganization: Advancing the replicated evidence

Jennifer E McIntosh, Alexandra Schnabel, George J Youssef, Craig A Olsson

DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

Attachment disorganization in early childhood is an influential yet modifiable risk factor for later mental health problems. Beyond established transmission through parents' unresolved attachment representations and caregiving sensitivity, little replicated evidence exists for wider determinants of offspring attachment disorganization. This study examined the replicated evidence for psychosocial risk factors in the preconception, prenatal, and postnatal periods. We identified all relevant longitudinal studies, and examined all risk relationships for which evidence existed in two or more cohorts (48 effects, 17 studies, N = 6,099). Study-specific and pooled risk associations were estimated an..

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