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Less Is More: Meta-Analyses of Sensitivity and Attachment Interventions in Early Childhood

Less Is More: Meta-Analyses of Sensitivity and Attachment Interventions in Early Childhood,10.1037/0033-2909.129.2.195,Psychological Bulletin,Marian J

Less Is More: Meta-Analyses of Sensitivity and Attachment Interventions in Early Childhood   (Citations: 202)
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Is early preventive intervention effective in enhancing parental sensitivity and infant attachment security, and if so, what type of intervention is most successful? Seventy studies were traced, producing 88 intervention effects on sensitivity (n = 7,636) and/or attachment (n = 1,503). Randomized interventions appeared rather effective in changing insensitive parenting (d = 0.33) and infant attachment insecurity (d = 0.20). The most effective interventions used a moderate number of sessions and a clear-cut behavioral focus in families with, as well as without, multiple problems. Interventions that were more effective in enhancing parental sensitivity were also more effective in enhancing attachment security, which supports the notion of a causal role of sensitivity in shaping attachment.
Journal: Psychological Bulletin - PSYCHOL BULL , vol. 129, no. 2, pp. 195-215, 2003
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    • ...Second, attachment theory and research highlights the importance of teacher sensitivity or responsiveness to children's needs as a central proximal determinant or antecedent of relationship quality (Bakermans-Kranenburg, van IJzendoorn, & Juffer, 2003; Buyse, Verschueren, & Doumen, 2011; Davis, 2003)...

    Karine Verschuerenet al. Teacher–child relationships from an attachment perspective

    • ...This finding is in contrast to a different meta-analysis conducted by Bakermans-Kranenburg, van Ijzendoorn, and Juffer (2003), who suggest that interventions most effective at improving parental sensitivity and enhancing attachment security were those that used a focused intervention with fewer than 17 sessions...

    Samanthia Zolnoskiet al. Lessons Learned From the First-Year Evaluation of a Small-Scale Home V...

    • ... Meta-analyses assessing the effectiveness of various types of attachment-based interventions have revealed that interventions focusing on maternal emotional sensitivity to children were the most effective in creating a positive attachment between the mother and child ...

    Yoshiyuki Tachibanaet al. A New Mother-Child Play Activity Program to Decrease Parenting Stress ...

    • ...The extensive attention for sensitive parenting behavior is certainly not without ground, since many studies have shown significant relations between maternal sensitivity and a variety of positive outcomes such as secure attachment (Bakermans-Kranenburg, van IJzendoorn, & Juffer, 2003; De Wolff & van IJzendoorn, 1997), self-regulation (Eisenberg, Losoya, Fabes, Guthrie, Reiser, Murphy, et al, 2001), social functioning (eg, Kochanska, 2002; Van Zeijl, et al, 2006), and cognitive competence (eg, Bernier, Carlson, & Whipple, 2010; Tamis-LaMonda, Bornstein, & Baumwell, 2001)...

    Katharina J. Joosenet al. Maternal sensitivity to infants in various settings predicts harsh dis...

    • ...These results are aligned with other research indicating that particular intervention programs, especially the ones that are focused on caregiving behavior, address the difficulties of some caregivers with perceiving the needs of their child and help caregivers to promote secure attachment (Bakermans-Kranenburg, van IJzendoorn, & Juffer, 2003; Schuengel et al, 2010)...

    Carlo Schuengelet al. Attachment representations and response to video-feedback intervention...

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