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Individualized Approaches Have Profitable Clinical Value for Strengthening Fathers’ Confidence in the Care of Preterm Infants

Individualized Approaches Have Profitable Clinical Value for Strengthening Fathers’ Confidence in... The infant-parent relationship has been shown to be of particular significance to preterm infants’ socio-emotional development, and preterm children have been reported to be at higher risk of developing attachment insecurity and disorganized attachment (Pennestri et al., 2015; Wolke, Eryigit-Madzwamuse, & Gutbrod, 2014). In this paper on attachment development of preterm and full-term infants, the authors (Witting, Ruiz, & Ahnert, 2016) present three single cases to describe the qualitative differences with respect to the parents’ interactions with their boys. Attachment was observed at home with the Attachment-Q-Sort (AQS) and in the lab with the Strange Situation (SS). One aim was to describe differences and similarities in the children’s attachments with their parents in order to generate hypotheses for a larger sample. Including the specific role of fathers in the child’s development has been an important tradition since the German longitudinal attachment studies with normative samples (Grossmann et al., 2002) started to explore this issue; an increasing number of studies are now focusing on the role of fathers for premature infants. Interestingly, the observations by Witting et al. revealed differences in the attachment repertoire during daily-life situations when the two preterm boys were compared with the child born at term http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Developmental Science iospress

Individualized Approaches Have Profitable Clinical Value for Strengthening Fathers’ Confidence in the Care of Preterm Infants

International Journal of Developmental Science , Volume 10 (3-4): 2 – Jan 1, 2016

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IOS Press
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Copyright © 2016 IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved
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2192-001X
DOI
10.3233/DEV-16195
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Abstract

The infant-parent relationship has been shown to be of particular significance to preterm infants’ socio-emotional development, and preterm children have been reported to be at higher risk of developing attachment insecurity and disorganized attachment (Pennestri et al., 2015; Wolke, Eryigit-Madzwamuse, & Gutbrod, 2014). In this paper on attachment development of preterm and full-term infants, the authors (Witting, Ruiz, & Ahnert, 2016) present three single cases to describe the qualitative differences with respect to the parents’ interactions with their boys. Attachment was observed at home with the Attachment-Q-Sort (AQS) and in the lab with the Strange Situation (SS). One aim was to describe differences and similarities in the children’s attachments with their parents in order to generate hypotheses for a larger sample. Including the specific role of fathers in the child’s development has been an important tradition since the German longitudinal attachment studies with normative samples (Grossmann et al., 2002) started to explore this issue; an increasing number of studies are now focusing on the role of fathers for premature infants. Interestingly, the observations by Witting et al. revealed differences in the attachment repertoire during daily-life situations when the two preterm boys were compared with the child born at term

Journal

International Journal of Developmental Scienceiospress

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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