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Title: Parental representations and disorganised attachment
Author: Kralik, Juraj
ISNI:       0000 0004 9359 4046
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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This study explored parental representations in mothers whose infants were younger than one and went on to develop disorganised attachment. Literature review. The literature review examined the concepts of parental representation and disorganised attachment, their methodological development, assessment and research findings. It also reviewed the current theories of disorganised attachment, based on studying both parent-infant interactions and parental representations. Empirical study. The empirical study was an exploration of the processes that may contribute towards the formation of disorganised attachment in infants by analysing parental representations, assessed in the first year of the infant’s life, in a sample of parents whose infants were classified as disorganised one year later. By using a qualitative exploratory approach, this study analysed parental representations differently from top-down quantitative coding protocols, hence its findings offered a useful insight and comparison with the current theories of disorganised attachment. Reflective Commentary. The dissertation ended with a reflective commentary, which traced and mapped out the process and experience of conducting this research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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