Maternal unresolved attachment status impedes the effectiveness of interventions with adolescent mothers

Children of adolescent mothers are at risk for a variety of developmental difficulties

Greg Moran

2005

Scholarcy highlights

  • Children of adolescent mothers are at risk for a variety of developmental difficulties
  • The intervention conducted by clinically trained home visitors consisted of eight home visits between 6 and 12 months in which mothers were provided feedback during the replay of videotaped play interactions
  • At 12 months, 57% of the mother–infant dyads in the intervention group and 38% of the comparison group dyads were classified as secure in the Strange Situation
  • Seventy-six percent of the mothers in the intervention group maintained sensitivity from 6 to 24 months compared with 54% of the comparison mothers
  • Further analyses indicated that the intervention was effective primarily for mothers who were not classified as Unresolved on the Adult Attachment Interview

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