Prenatal alcohol exposure and attachment behavior in children.

TitlePrenatal alcohol exposure and attachment behavior in children.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsO'Connor, MJ, Kogan N, Findlay R
JournalAlcoholism, clinical and experimental research
Date Published2002 Oct
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Adult, Alcohol Drinking, Chi-Square Distribution, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Male, Multivariate Analysis, Object Attachment, Pregnancy, Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects

This study examined the association between prenatal alcohol exposure and attachment behavior in 4- and 5-year-old children. Prenatal alcohol exposure was hypothesized to be associated with insecure attachment behavior of the child toward the mother. It was also hypothesized that children with heavier prenatal alcohol exposure would exhibit higher levels of negative affect as well as poorer coping skills. The quality of maternal support in interaction with the child was predicted to mediate prenatal exposure effects.

Alternate JournalAlcohol. Clin. Exp. Res.