Infant-Mother Attachment in Patients with Nonorganic Failure to Thrive Syndrome

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Patterns of attachment were explored in a group of infants diagnosed as nonorganic failure to thrive (FTT). Twelve infants 12 to 19 months of age and hospitalized during the first year of life with a diagnosis of nonorganic FTT were compared with matched controls and observed in a modification of the Ainsworth Strange Situation. Six of the 12 nonorganic FTT patients and 2 of the 12 controls were classified as insecurely attached. In addition, nonorganic FTT patients showed a marked inhibition of affect during separation from the mother.

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