The attachment of prematurely born children at school age: A pilot study

Francesca Nuccini, Marcella Paterlini, Giancarlo Gargano, Andrea Landini

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This prospective longitudinal study compared the psychological development and patterns of attachment of 20 prematurely born children and 20 full-term children at 7 years of age. The School-age Assessment of Attachment (SAA) was used, and hypotheses and interpretation of the findings were drawn from the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM). Significant differences between prematurely born and full-term children were found: 10% versus 0% at "high" risk, 55% versus 25% at "moderate" risk, and 35% versus 75% at "low" risk. There were no differences in the percentage of psychological trauma between samples, but there was a difference in the types of experiences leading to trauma. For prematurely born children, it was most often illness, whereas for full-term children, it was family problems. We discuss the implications for clinicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-394
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 11 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Longitudinal Studies
Prospective Studies
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Wounds and Injuries
Psychological Trauma

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • perinatal problem
  • prematurely born children
  • psychological risk
  • school age

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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The attachment of prematurely born children at school age : A pilot study. / Nuccini, Francesca; Paterlini, Marcella; Gargano, Giancarlo; Landini, Andrea.

In: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. 20, No. 3, 11.07.2015, p. 381-394.

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Nuccini, Francesca ; Paterlini, Marcella ; Gargano, Giancarlo ; Landini, Andrea. / The attachment of prematurely born children at school age : A pilot study. In: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2015 ; Vol. 20, No. 3. pp. 381-394.
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