Disrupted maternal communication during mother-infant interaction has been found to be associated with infants’ disorganized attachment, but has been studied primarily in North American and European samples and not in Arab samples. To address this gap the study examined the association between disrupted maternal communication and infant attachment in a sample of 50 Arab mothers and their one-year-old infants in Israel. Attachment was assessed with the Strange Situation Procedure (SSP), and disrupted communication with the AMBIANCE. Disrupted communication was higher in mothers of infants with disorganized and ambivalent attachment than in mothers of securely attached infants. The findings support the link between disrupted communication and disorganized attachment in the Arab society in Israel and add to our understanding of maternal behavior associated with ambivalent attachment.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by a Harry and Sadie Lasky Foundation Fellowship granted to Inbar Ariav‐Paraira. The authors would like to thank Noa Gal, Salam Elaour and Marwa Mhamed for their research assistantship. The research was approved by the Institutional Review Board of the University of Haifa (approval number: 060/10).
© 2023 The Authors. Infant Mental Health Journal published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.
- ambivalent attachment
- disorganized attachment
- disrupted communication
- maternal behavior
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health