Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 41, Issue 7, pp 962–967

Brief Report: Attachment Security in Infants At-Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • John D. Haltigan
  • Naomi V. Ekas
  • Ronald Seifer
  • Daniel S. Messinger
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-010-1107-7

Cite this article as:
Haltigan, J.D., Ekas, N.V., Seifer, R. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2011) 41: 962. doi:10.1007/s10803-010-1107-7

Abstract

Little is known about attachment security and disorganization in children who are at genetic risk for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prior to a possible diagnosis. The present study examined distributions of attachment security and disorganization at 15-months of age in a sample of infant siblings of older children with (ASD-sibs; n = 51) or without (COMP-sibs; n = 34) an ASD. ASD-sibs were not more or less likely to evince attachment insecurity or disorganization than COMP-sibs. However, relative to COMP-sibs, the rate of B1–B2 secure subclassifications was disproportionately larger in the ASD-sib group. Results suggest that ASD-sibs are not less likely to form secure affectional bonds with their caregivers than COMP-sibs, but may differ from COMP-sibs in their expression of attachment security.

Keywords

AttachmentAutismInfant-siblingRiskStrange-situation procedure

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John D. Haltigan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Naomi V. Ekas
    • 2
  • Ronald Seifer
    • 3
  • Daniel S. Messinger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA
  2. 2.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  3. 3.Brown University School of MedicineProvidenceUSA