Feasibility and efficacy of an attachment-based intervention in a maltreatment sample in residential care: A pilot study

Marta Casonato, Sarah Nazzari, Alessandra Frigerio

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Abstract

The effects of the Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline on improving maternal sensitivity and sensitive discipline were investigated using a randomized control design in a pilot sample of mothers at high risk of maltreatment. The study included 12 mothers and their 10- to 36-month-old children placed in parental residential care, due to a guardianship order issued by the Youth Court. Both at pretest and post-test, maternal sensitivity and sensitive discipline were assessed during mother–child interaction via observational measures. Mothers who received the intervention showed a significant reduction in dysfunctional strategies of maternal discipline. Results highlight the usefulness and feasibility of a brief residential care–based intervention in such a risk sample, with promising implications for the prevention of child maltreatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-571
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2017

Keywords

  • discipline
  • maltreatment
  • maternal sensitivity
  • Video-feedback intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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