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
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..View full abstract
This study was funded by the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University.