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Attachment and Foster Care Research

I enjoy reading relevant research.  I came across an article in the Infant Mental Health Journal titled “Foster Parents’ State of Mind With Respect to Attachment: Concordance with Their Foster Children’s Attachment Patterns at 2 and 3 Years of Age”.  Wordy title…but of course I had to read it! Here’s what I learned:

  • Children with aversive caregiving experiences are at higher risk of abnormal neuroendocrine activity, behavior problems, reduced intellectual development, and attachment challenges. 
  • Infants need an emotionally committed caregiver if they are to develop in a healthy way
  • Children with sensitive and nurturing caregivers develop a sense of self that tells them they are worthy of love and that their caregivers can be trusted
  • It has been found that a parent’s state of mind with respect to attachment has been shown to be a good predictor of the child’s attachment type
  • Children placed before the age of two have better chances of developing secure attachments; children placed at an older age can have difficulties expressing their needs for soothing which can impede the foster parent understanding how to meet their needs
  • Foster parents tend to have healthier attachment styles which may be due to: their lower life stress, stable financial situation, a willingness to attach, and the screening and training process
  • The research found that the majority of foster children were able to develop healthy attachments to their foster parents 
  • Findings indicate that foster care licensing agencies should evaluate foster parents attachment styles and children should be placed with foster parents who display healthy attachment styles

I found this to be highly encouraging and hope that it will guide new parents to evaluate their parenting and attachment styles.

 

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Websites for Support

Just as there are apps, there are also some great websites out there to provide encouragement and distraction if you are struggling with depression and anxiety.  Below are a few of my favorites:

http://www.gretchenrubin.com/ Author of The Happiness Project, this website/blog has some great encouraging posts and realistic challenges you can try to bring more joy to your life.

http://www.positivityblog.com/ “Happiness and Awesomeness Tips that Work in Real Life”

http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/ Realistic and uplifiting blog posts to improve your day/mood.

http://tinybuddha.com/ “Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives”…who doesn’t need that?!

http://thenicestplaceontheinter.net/ Need a hug? This is the site to visit!

http://www.thedailycute.com/ Something about cute puppies and kitties that just lightens the mood and makes it awfully hard not to smile.

http://www.calm.com/ Walks you through a calming experience

http://www.goodnet.org Information related to “good” causes around the world, can be uplifting to see the good things others are doing in the world

And of course this blog!! Don’t forget to check back often for new posts J

What are your favorite web pages to visit when you need a pick-me-up? Comment below so others can also check them out.