Supporting insensitive mothers: The Vilnius randomized control trial of video-feedback intervention to promote maternal sensitivity and infant attachment security

L. Kalinauskiene, D. Cekuoliene, Marinus H. Van Ijzendoorn, M. J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, F. Juffer, I. Kusakovskaja

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Abstract

Objective: This randomized control trial examined the effects of a short-term, interaction-focused and attachment-based video-feedback intervention (VIPP: video-feedback intervention to promote positive parenting). Design: VIPP effect on mothers' sensitive responsiveness and infant-mother attachment security was evaluated in a sample (n = 54) of low sensitive, non-clinical, middle class Lithuanian mothers. Methods: Maternal sensitivity was assessed in a free play session with the Ainsworth's sensitivity scale, and attachment security was observed using the Attachment Q sort for home observations. Results: We found that the intervention mothers indeed significantly improved their sensitive responsiveness through participation in our VIPP. The effect size was large according to Cohen's criteria, d = 0.78. VIPP enhanced maternal sensitive responsiveness even when maternal age, educational level, depression, daily hassles, efficacy, infant gender, and infant negative and positive affect were controlled for. However, attachment security in the VIPP infants was not enhanced after the intervention, compared with the control infants, and the infants did not seem to be differentially susceptible to the increase in maternal sensitivity dependent on their temperamental reactivity. Conclusion: We suggest that a relatively brief and low-cost programme can provide effective support for mothers who lack sensitivity in the interactions with their infants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-623
Number of pages11
JournalChild: Care, Health and Development
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Infant attachment
  • Intervention
  • Maternal sensitivity
  • Randomized control trial
  • Video-feedback intervention to promote positive parenting

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