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    Social withdrawal behavior in institutionalised toddlers: individual, early family and institutional determinants

    Baptista, J. and Belsky, Jay and Martins, C. and Silva, J. and Marques, S. and Mesquita, A.R. and Soares, I. (2013) Social withdrawal behavior in institutionalised toddlers: individual, early family and institutional determinants. Infant Mental Health Journal 34 (6), pp. 562-573. ISSN 0163-9641.

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    Abstract

    Eighty-five Portuguese children, aged 12 to 30 months, placed in residential institutions were assessed to investigate the influence of variations in the institutionalization experience of social withdrawal behavior, after taking into account potentially confounding individual characteristics and pre-admission experiences. In light of the limited attention in institutionalization research on social withdrawal, the determinants of the identified predictors of withdrawal symptoms also were examined. Current quality of care experienced in the institution, operationalized in terms of the absence (vs. presence) of a preferred attachment relationship, predicted social withdrawal, such that absence of such a relationship forecasted greater withdrawal. Moreover, existence of a preferred attachment relationship was itself predicted by better child socioemotional functioning, greater caregiver sensitive-responsiveness, and better quality of individualized care provided by the staff.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 09:46
    Last Modified: 12 Feb 2014 17:02
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8384

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