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The effect of extremely preterm birth on attachment organization in late adolescence.
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PMID:  21535083     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background  Prior studies have examined the impact of preterm birth on the quality of the attachment relationship to the mother in infancy, but few have examined extremely preterm born infants and almost no data have been reported on prematurity and its impact on the attachment organization attained after childhood. Methods  Thirty-nine adolescents born extremely preterm and 39 full-term born control participants were assessed with the Adult Attachment Interview. Results  The prematurely born showed lower scores regarding measures of attachment security and, in particular, a higher proportion of insecure dismissive patterns. This difference seemed to be clear and persistent even when controlled for intelligence and socio-economic variables. Conclusions  Because insecure attachment as well as prematurity may be considered as significant risk factors for developing psychopathology, they deserve careful attention in future research and clinical follow-ups.
A-L Hallin; H Bengtsson; A S Frostell; K Stjernqvist
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child: care, health and development     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2214     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-5-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7602632     Medline TA:  Child Care Health Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund Division of Cognition, Development, and Disability, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, and Division of Paediatrics, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
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