Attachment & Human Development (ATTACH HUM DEV)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Attachment & Human Development provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of scientific theories about emotional and cognitive development, internal representations and social processes. The journal addresses the growing demand from the domains of psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and related disciplines including nursing and social work, for a clear presentation of ideas, methods and research based on attachment theory.

Current impact factor: 2.38

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2009 Impact Factor 1.365

Additional details

5-year impact 2.24
Cited half-life 6.70
Immediacy index 0.34
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.63
Website Attachment & Human Development website
Other titles Attachment & human development (Online), Attachment and human development
ISSN 1461-6734
OCLC 44708203
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Parents' representations include parents' views of their adolescent, of their own parenting and of the parent-adolescent relationship. Two longitudinal studies of parents and their adolescent sons and daughters support the validity of scales coding mothers in the Parenting Representations Interview-Adolescence (PRI-A). The studies, conducted in Israel during the transition from home to military service, demonstrated that three dimensions derived from the PRI-A: positive representations of adolescents, negative emotionality and inadequate boundaries were associated with adolescents' AAI variables, relatedness-autonomy behaviors with mothers, and with other indicators, such as adolescents' wellbeing, romantic intimacy and individuation. Examining parenting representations could help practitioners pinpoint targets for intervention and evaluate the changes that families go through during psychotherapy, as well as the therapeutic process and its outcomes. The findings support the viability of the PRI for use in attachment based interventions for adolescents.
    Attachment & Human Development 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/14616734.2015.1006387
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    ABSTRACT: We explored the relation between maternal mind-mindedness (i.e., a mother's tendency to verbally refer to her infant's mental world through use of infant-directed mental state terms) and maternal attachment. Mothers (N = 76), classified prenatally as Autonomous, Dismissing, Preoccupied, and Unresolved using the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), simulated speaking to their 6-month-old infants in positive and negative emotion contexts. Mothers' utterances were coded for frequency of use of emotion and cognition-related mind-minded terms. Results indicated a significant negative relation between coherence of mind scores on the AAI and emotion mind-mindedness in the positive emotion context. When differences between insecure attachment categories and mind-mindedness were explored, results indicated that mothers with Preoccupied attachments were significantly more likely to use emotion-related terms than mothers with Dismissing attachments and that these differences were most pronounced in the negative emotion context. A similar pattern was found for mothers with Unresolved attachments compared to those with organized (Autonomous, Dismissing, Preoccupied) attachment classifications, however use of emotion mind-minded terms did not differ by emotional context. Future research directions highlighting the importance of exploring the unique contribution of Preoccupied, Dismissing and Unresolved attachment and emotional context in the exploration of mind-mindedness are discussed.
    Attachment & Human Development 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/14616734.2014.996573
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    ABSTRACT: Deactivating strategies, including preemptive and postemptive strategies, are effective methods used by avoidant adults to regulate emotional processing. In the present study, we examined the mechanisms of preemptive and postemptive strategies used by highly avoidant participants to defend against emotional faces. Event-related potentials were recorded while participants performed a face version of a study-test task that comprised emotional and neutral faces. Emotional faces elicited larger N170 amplitude than did neutral faces in highly avoidant individuals. In addition, early and parietal old/new effects were observed in highly avoidant participants in response to neutral but not emotional faces. Less-avoidant participants exhibited an extensive old/new effect in response to negative and neutral faces. These results suggest that highly avoidant individuals allocate more cognitive resources when encoding emotional faces at an early stage, which contributes to the use of postemptive strategies to suppress the accessibility of previously encoded emotional information in recognition.
    Attachment & Human Development 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/14616734.2014.995191
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    ABSTRACT: Although effortful control (EC), a regulatory aspect of temperament, is associated with a wide range of developmental outcomes, knowledge about EC promoters is scarce. This study explored whether secure attachment promoted the development of EC from preschool to school age in a community sample of 903 Norwegian children. EC was measured using the parent-reported Children's Behavior Questionnaire at four (T1) and six (T2) years of age, and attachment was measured using the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task at T1. Previous research has indicated that a child's gender and socioeconomic status are possible covariates of EC; hence, these factors were included in the analyses. Despite considerable rank-order stability in EC, secure attachment contributed to an increase in EC. Furthermore, gender moderated the effect of attachment: secure attachment promoted EC in boys only. These findings emphasize preschool boys' need for emotional security to facilitate effortful capacities in their transition to school. - This link from publisher gives you full-text accsess: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/55yS8NRJeBeM6pq2Xp5X/full
    Attachment & Human Development 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/14616734.2014.999098
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    ABSTRACT: During the past decade, new attachment-based treatments (ABTs) for adolescents have been developed and tested in both field and randomized control trials. The papers in this special issue represent important contributions to defining a more general model of ABTs for adolescents. Our discussion of these papers is organized by a series of 10 challenges to developing and evaluating these treatments. We first consider how disturbances in the caregiver–adolescent attachment bond are implicated in adolescent psychopathology and family distress. We then describe different potential targets for attachment-based interventions for adolescents and their caregivers. Finally we review the different interventions and change mechanisms that have been used to increase 15 security in the caregiver–adolescent bond. A general model of ABTs for adolescents can be useful in guiding future efforts to measure change in attachment constructs, evaluate the dynamic process of change in attachment bonds, and test the effectiveness of specific treatment elements in reducing adolescents’ symptoms and increasing attachment security.
    Attachment & Human Development 01/2015; 17(2):111-118. DOI:10.1080/14616734.2015.1006382
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    ABSTRACT: The development of sleep-wake regulation in infants depends upon brain maturation as well as various environmental factors. The aim of the present study was to evaluate sleep duration and quality as a function of child attachment to the mother. One hundred and thirty-four mother-child dyads enrolled in the Maternal Adversity, Vulnerability and Neurodevelopment (MAVAN) project were included in this study. Attachment was assessed with the Strange Situation procedure at 36 months and maternal sleep reports were collected at 6, 12, 24 and 36 months. Differences in sleep characteristics were assessed with mixed models with one factor (attachment group) and one repeated measure (age). Children classified as disorganized had a significantly lower duration of nocturnal sleep, went to bed later, signaled more awakenings, had shorter periods of uninterrupted sleep (only at 12 months) and had shorter periods of time in bed (only at 6 months) than children classified as secure and/or ambivalent (p < 0.05). This is the first study to show that children with insecure disorganized attachment present a distinct sleep pattern in comparison with those with secure or ambivalent attachment between 6 and 36 months of age. Sleep disturbances could exacerbate difficulties in these families that are already considered vulnerable.
    Attachment & Human Development 09/2014; DOI:10.1080/14616734.2014.953963
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    ABSTRACT: In this Introduction to the Special Issue The Use of Video in Attachment-Based Interventions, we describe how film and video made their entry in attachment theory and research and ultimately in attachment-based interventions. The role of film in helping to understand attachment had its roots several decades ago with the Robertsons' footage as a memorable example, while the role of video in helping to support attachment in the context of intervention started later but quickly increased with the rapid growth of smaller video cameras. Today the use of video and video feedback in attachment-based interventions is common, with applications in home-visiting programs, clinical treatment and therapy, and training modalities for parent coaches. In this Special Issue we highlight current work in this field, including illustrative case studies, clinical descriptions and process evaluations as well as rigorous randomized controlled trials.
    Attachment & Human Development 08/2014; 16(4):307-14. DOI:10.1080/14616734.2014.912484