Early parenting interventions for families with young children showing severe attachment problems: an integrated evidence synthesis

Attachment, the relationship between caregiver and child, is a crucial factor in an infant’s ability to develop healthy relationships.  Research has identified different types of attachment relationships. These are known as attachment 'patterns' or 'styles'. The main types of attachment patterns are 'secure' 'insecure anxious' 'insecure avoidant' and 'disorganised'. There are also two different attachment disorders. A disorganised attachment pattern and attachment disorders have been found to predict psychiatric illness, anxiety disorders and depression in later life.

Funding

Funder: HTA
Start date: 01/10/2011
End date: 31/03/2013

Mental Health and Addiction Research in the Department of Health Sciences