Maternal sensitivity mediates the link between maternal insightfulness/resolution and child-mother attachment: The case of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Abstract

This study examined the hypothesis that maternal sensitivity mediates the association between maternal Insightfulness/Resolution and child attachment in a sample of preschool age boys with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This study used the Insightfulness Assessment to assess insightfulness and the Reaction to Diagnosis Interview to assess mothers' resolution. Maternal sensitivity was assessed from mother-child play observations, and the security of children's attachment was assessed using the Strange Situation Procedure. The results supported the mediation model, and their implications for attachment research, research on intervention in autism, and clinical work are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-584
Number of pages18
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by grant 824/02 from the Israel Science Foundation and by a Postdoctoral grant from Autismspeaks awarded to Dr. Smadar Dolev. The authors would like to extend special thanks to the families and children for participating in the study. We also thank Alona Dinnerman, Smadar Gertner, Ayala Fridman, Shirly Gelman, Yamit Nehav, and Efrat Sher-Censor for their help in collecting and coding the data, and Cory Shulman for her assistance with children’s diagnostic assessments.

Keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • attachment
  • insightfulness
  • maternal sensitivity
  • resolution of diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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