Attachment in children with the experience of institutionalization. Part I. Features of attachment in children living in orphanages

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Occupation: professor, head of child and parent mental health and early intervention division at department of psychology
Affiliation: St. Petersburg University
Address: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Occupation: postgraduate
Affiliation: St. Petersburg University
Address: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Occupation: Junior researcher at division of child and parent mental health and early intervention at department of psychology
Affiliation: St. Petersburg state University
Address: Universitetskaya Emb., 7–9
Occupation: associate professor at the department of pedagogical psychology
Affiliation: Adyghe State University
Address: Russian Federation
Journal namePsikhologicheskii zhurnal
EditionVolume 41 issue 5

For the last years in the Russian Federation the numbers of children raised in residential settings have been decreasing while numbers of children in substitute family settings have been increasing. However, little has been published in Russia on attachment in children with institutional experience. The aim of the part 1 of this work is to analyze the peer reviewed publications of studies regarding rates of attachment types and associated factors in children living in institutional care. Studies using only observational assessments of attachment were analyzed. Results reveal that children living in institutional care settings showed much less often secure and more disorganized attachments compared to their peers in biological families. Improvements in the quality of institutional social-emotional environment might lead to the positive changes in the attachment distribution.

KeywordsAttachment, children, institution, social-emotional environment
AcknowledgmentThe reported study was funded by RFBR, project number 19-113-50402\19.
Publication date13.09.2020
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