Brief report: Attachment security in infants at-risk for autism spectrum disorders

John D. Haltigan, Naomi V. Ekas, Ronald Seifer, Daniel S. Messinger

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)962-967
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Attachment
  • Autism
  • Infant-sibling
  • Risk
  • Strange-situation procedure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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