Parenting and Intellectual Disability: An Attachment Perspective

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This chapter begins with a brief review of attachment theory. It describes how attachment is assessed using the Strange Situation Procedure (SSP), and reviews the studies of attachment in children with Intellectual Disability (ID). It introduces two issues pertinent to attachment and ID: the first involves the cognitive prerequisites for the development of attachment; the second involves the factors contributing to the development of secure (or insecure) attachments in typically developing children, as well as in the development of children with ID. In addition to factors relating to the children, the chapter considers factors relating to the parents, including both parents' behavior with their children as reflected in their sensitivity, and parents' representations of their children, as reflected in their insightfulness into the experience of the child and their reactions to the diagnosis of the child.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Development
EditorsJ. Burak
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940448
ISBN (Print)9780195305012
StatePublished - 18 Sep 2012

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  • Attachment theory
  • Children with intellectual disability
  • Cognitive delay
  • Parental behavior
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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