Attachment Among Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Qualitative Review

Nurit Yirmiya, Michal Shaked, Nina Koren - Karie, David Oppenheim

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Attachment refers to the emotional tie that infants create with their caregivers. In the current review, we first introduce the reader to the concept of attachment and its measurement during childhood. Next, we offer an in-depth qualitative summary of the literature on attachment and autism. This growing body of studies reveals that children with autism spectrum disorders, just like children with other disabilities or with typical development, are able to form a secure attachment with the mother, although at a somewhat lower rate compared to typically developing children. We also present the associations among attachment and various characteristics of children along the autism spectrum (e.g., symptom severity, IQ) and mothers (i.e., sensitivity, resolution with diagnosis).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-50
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Public Health Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010


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