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(p. 303) Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up: An Attachment-Based Intervention for Substance-Using Mothers and Their Infants 

(p. 303) Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up: An Attachment-Based Intervention for Substance-Using Mothers and Their Infants
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(p. 303) Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up: An Attachment-Based Intervention for Substance-Using Mothers and Their Infants
Author(s):

Johanna Bick

, Kristin Bernard

, and Mary Dozier

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199743100.003.0015
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date: 15 August 2018

This chapter describes an attachment-based intervention for substance-using mothers and their infants. Known as Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up, the intervention takes into account substance-abusing mothers' risk for neglect, reduced feelings of commitment and delight with respect to caring for their children, and increased insensitive responsiveness and frightening behavior. The chapter begins by considering the parenting behavior of substance-using mothers compared with other mothers and provides case examples to demonstrate how the intervention targets each of the specific problematic issues associated with substance use. It then explores the neurobiology of neglect in addicted mothers and presents evidence of the intervention’s effectiveness.

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