Attachment and sensitivity among parents with ADHD - a multiple-case study

Milla Syrjänen, Airi Hautamäki, Natalia Pleshkova, Sinikka Maliniemi

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore the self-protective strategies of six parents with ADHD and the sensitivity they displayed in dyadic interaction with their under 3-years-old children. The parents were interviewed using the Adult Attachment Interview. Parental sensitivity was assessed using the CARE-Index. The study showed a variation of the parents’ self-protective strategies and sensitivity. The more complex the parent’s self-protective strategy was, the less sensitive was the interaction. Some parents’ need for self-protection compromised their ability to protect their child and decreased their sensitivity. All parents displayed indications of unresolved traumas, which also impaired their sensitivity to the signals of their child and ability to engage in mutual regulation of arousal and emotion with their child. Attachment-oriented family psychological assessment, including assessments of the self-protective strategies of each family member would make possible to design a treatment adapted to the unique family needs, also in order to alleviate early risk.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)156-166
Number of pages11
JournalEmotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019

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Syrjänen, Milla ; Hautamäki, Airi ; Pleshkova, Natalia ; Maliniemi, Sinikka. / Attachment and sensitivity among parents with ADHD - a multiple-case study. In: Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. 2019 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 156-166.
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In: Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Vol. 24, No. 2, 3, 03.04.2019, p. 156-166.

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