Desenvolvimento, psicopatologia e apego: estudo exploratório com crianças institucionalizadas e suas cuidadoras

Translated title of the contribution: Development, psychopathology and attachment: an exploratory study with institutionalized children and their caregivers

Mariana Pereira*, Isabel Soares, Pedro Dias, Joana Silva, Sofia Marques, Joana Baptista

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Abstract

This exploratory study examined mental development and the quality of socio-emotional functioning of 16 institutionalized children, aged from 3 to 6 years old, relating them with the quality of their caregivers' attachment narratives. Griffiths Developmental Scales, Child Behavior Checklist, Attachment Script Representation and Attachment Q-Sort were used in the psychological assessment. Results showed that chidren's developmental level was placed below normative data. Furthermore, data regarding externalizing and internalizing psychopathology symptoms were close to the clinical population. Nevertheless, and in contrast to our hypothesis, most children presented almost mormative attachments scores (secure base), but this was not related to the quality of attachement narratives presented by their caregivers. The implications of these findings are discussed in light of the impact of institutional deprivation in child development.

Translated title of the contributionDevelopment, psychopathology and attachment: an exploratory study with institutionalized children and their caregivers
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)222-231
Number of pages10
JournalPsicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Infancy
  • Institutionalization
  • Attachment
  • Development
  • Psychopathology

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