Caregiver Mental Health, Parenting Practices, and Perceptions of Child Attachment in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Teague, Samantha J., Newman, Louise K., Tonge, Bruce J., Gray, Kylie M., and , The MHYPeDD team (2018) Caregiver Mental Health, Parenting Practices, and Perceptions of Child Attachment in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48. pp. 2642-2652.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the role of caregiver mental health and parenting practices as predictors of attachment in children with intellectual disability/developmental delay, comparing between children with ASD (n = 29) and children with other developmental disabilities (n = 20). Parents reported that children with ASD had high levels of anxiety and stress, and attachment insecurity in children (less closeness and more conflict in attachment relationships, and more inhibited attachment behaviours) compared with children with other developmental disabilities. Children's attachment quality was associated with parenting practices and the presence of an ASD diagnosis. These results highlight the bidirectional nature of the quality of caregiving environments and attachment in children with ASD, and also provide a strong rationale for targeting children's attachment quality in early interventions.

Item ID: 73653
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-3432
Copyright Information: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018
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Consortia: The MHYPeDD team members are listed at the end of the article.

Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC (Grant Number 1016919)
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2022 00:48
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520101 Child and adolescent development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200506 Neonatal and child health @ 100%
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