Attachment styles in maltreated children: A comparative study

Ricky Finzi, Orna Cohen, Yafa Sapir, Abraham Weizman

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Abstract

The study compares the emotional impact of maltreatment on the attachment styles in three groups of children aged 6-12 years: children of drug-user fathers (n = 76), physically abused children (n = 41), neglected children (n = 38); non-abused/non-neglected children (n = 35) - control group. The secure style characterized 52% of the children of drug-user fathers and the insecure style characterized the other 48% (anxious/ambivalent or avoidant); physically abused children were characterized mainly by the avoidant attachment style, and neglected children by the anxious/ambivalent style. The conclusion is that physically abused children are at risk of antisocial behavior and sustained suspicion towards others; neglected children are at risk of social withdrawal, social rejection and feelings of incompetence, and children of drug-user fathers may be at risk of behavioral problems and drug use in adolescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-128
Number of pages16
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Tel Aviv University and Geha Psychiatric Hospital Orna Cohen, PhD Tel Aviv University Yafa Sapir, PhD Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Israel Abraham Weizman, MD Geha Psychiatric Hospital, Felsenstein Medical Research Center, and Tel Aviv University

Funding

Tel Aviv University and Geha Psychiatric Hospital Orna Cohen, PhD Tel Aviv University Yafa Sapir, PhD Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Israel Abraham Weizman, MD Geha Psychiatric Hospital, Felsenstein Medical Research Center, and Tel Aviv University

FundersFunder number
Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Israel Abraham Weizman
Tel Aviv University

    Keywords

    • Attachment Styles
    • Children of Drug User Father
    • Neglected Children
    • Physically Abused Children

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