Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children

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ANSWERS to Case Scenario


1.       1st pregnancy

2.       Prematurity

3.       Low birth weight; difficulty gaining weight and nursing

4.       Financial concerns (father’s long hours, mother’s limited maternity leave)

5.       Hospitalization after the birth

6.       Possible mismatch between parent’s temperament (i.e., quiet, subdued) and baby’s level of distress

7.       Mother’s physical condition

8.       Exhaustion of parents

9.       Baby’s sleep difficulties



1.       Supportive marital partners

2.       Supportive extended family

3.       Parent motivated to seek information

4.       Mother enjoys contact with baby


Section Quiz -- Test your knowledge!


1. Problems resulting from early childhood neglect can include:
a. Poor physical growth
b. Shyness
c. Difficulty interacting appropriately
d. All of the above

2.  What are among the factors that can interfere with bonding and attachment
a. Using a midwife for the baby's birth
b. Living in a home with domestic violence
c. A lack of siblings
d. All of the above

3. The majority of attachment problems are likely the result of:
a. Parental ignorance about child development
b. Intentional cruelty toward newborns
c. "Spoiling" children
d. None of the above

4. Primitive, immature self-soothing strategies can include all of the following except:
a. Head banging
b. Scratching oneself
c. Writing in a journal
d. Rocking

5. Aggression in poorly attached children in most often the result of:
a. Poor ability to empathize with others
b. Overly-controlled emotions
c. Violence on television
d. All of the above

6. The securely attached infant in Ainsworth's Strange Situation 
is able to explore the new environment, albeit cautiously
b.  resists physical comfort from his mother upon her return
c.  greets his mother warmly upon her return
d. a & c

7.  Indiscriminately attached children are often overly affectionate with people they barely know because they are
a. confused about who their primary caregivers are
b. lonely
c. seeking safety
d. practicing their social skills




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