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The effect of extremely preterm birth on attachment organization in late adolescence
Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund.
Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Cognition, Development and Disability. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Pediatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund.
2012 (English)In: Child Care Health and Development, ISSN 0305-1862, E-ISSN 1365-2214, Vol. 38, no 2, 196-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background Prior studies have examined the impact of preterm birth on the quality of the attachment relationship to the mother in infancy, but few have examined extremely preterm born infants and almost no data have been reported on prematurity and its impact on the attachment organization attained after childhood. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods Thirty-nine adolescents born extremely preterm and 39 full-term born control participants were assessed with the Adult Attachment Interview. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults The prematurely born showed lower scores regarding measures of attachment security and, in particular, a higher proportion of insecure dismissive patterns. This difference seemed to be clear and persistent even when controlled for intelligence and socio-economic variables. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions Because insecure attachment as well as prematurity may be considered as significant risk factors for developing psychopathology, they deserve careful attention in future research and clinical follow-ups.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2012. Vol. 38, no 2, 196-203 p.
Keyword [en]
adolescence, attachment, follow-up, preterm
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75269DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01236.xISI: 000299776100005OAI: diva2:505956

Funding Agencies|Linnea and Josef Carlsson Research Foundation||May Flower Foundation||

Available from: 2012-02-27 Created: 2012-02-24 Last updated: 2014-02-18Bibliographically approved

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