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The effect of mandatory protective daycare on mutual attachment in maltreating mother-infants dyads.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6686475     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Twenty-two children for whom protective daycare was sought were followed for four years. Those placed in daycare had earlier removals for foster care than the children who could not be placed in daycare. At the end of four years the outcomes for the two groups were similar. It was concluded that mandatory protective daycare had hastened, but not caused, the removal of the children. This unexpected outcome was explained in terms of attachment theory. Evidence was cited showing that both maltreating mothers and their infants could be considered anxiously attached and that such individuals would be more than normally vulnerable to experiences of separation. In this study both mothers and infants reacted to the daycare placement with a combination of direct anger and ignoring (repressed anger). These reactions exacerbated the already strained mother-infant relationships leading to increased abuse and neglect of the infants and, therefore, earlier removal.
P M Crittenden
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child abuse & neglect     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0145-2134     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Abuse Negl     Publication Date:  1983  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-03-12     Completed Date:  1984-03-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801702     Medline TA:  Child Abuse Negl     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  297-300     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child Abuse*
Child Day Care Centers*
Child Welfare
Child, Preschool
Foster Home Care
Mother-Child Relations*
Object Attachment*
Rejection (Psychology)

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