Journal title MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA
Author/s Elena Camisasca
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2009/3 Language Italian
Pages 18 P. 65-82 File size 246 KB
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Internalizing and externalizing trajectories in maltreated children: the role of attachment - This study explores in 56 child abused children the role of attachment as a mediator of the relation between child abuse and internalizing and externalizing behaviors. We assume that the type and the duration of child abuse predict both internalizing/ externalizing behaviors and the insecure attachments and that just these affective bonds could explain the different consequences in terms of adaptive and disadaptive developments. According to this aim, we administered to the sample: the SAT (Attili, 2001) to analyze the attachment bonds; the CBCL (Achenbach, 1991) to explore internalizing and externalizing behaviours. Results show that the type and the duration of child abuse predict both internalizing/externalizing behaviours and insecure attachments. In relation to the mediational role of attachment, data show a limited and partial confirm of the hypothesis. In fact, only the disorganized attachment mediates the relation between the type of child abuse and internalizing/externalizing behaviours.
Key words: child abuse, attachment, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, mediators
Elena Camisasca, Traiettorie di internalizzazione ed esternalizzazione in bambini maltrattati: il ruolo dell’attaccamento in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 3/2009, pp 65-82, DOI: 10.3280/MAL2009-003007