Funding provided by: North Texas Behavior Coalition $10,000 grant.
A Spontaneous Emergence of Attachment Behavior in At-Risk Children and a Correlation With Sensory Deficits
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 165–172, August 2013
How to Cite
Purvis, K. B., McKenzie, L. B., Cross, D. R. and Razuri, E. B. (2013), A Spontaneous Emergence of Attachment Behavior in At-Risk Children and a Correlation With Sensory Deficits. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 26: 165–172. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12041
- Issue published online: 4 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2013
- North Texas Behavior Coalition
- At-risk child;
- complex developmental trauma;
- early intervention;
- sensory processing;
- Trust-Based Relational Intervention
Complex developmental trauma affects large numbers of children who have suffered from abuse, neglect, and/or deprivation. The effects often manifest in problems of attachment.
Researchers conducted therapeutic day camps for at-risk children to determine whether multimodal therapies could ameliorate the effects of complex developmental trauma. Two groups of adopted children (ages 3–9 and 10–14 years) with histories of trauma attended separate 3-week camps.
Data analysis indicated a positive correlation between negative attachment behaviors and deficits in sensory processing. Increased pro-attachment behaviors were found to have a significant relationship with pre-camp deficits in sensory processing.
These results are discussed in the context of systems theory.