Fishburn, S. and Meins, E. and Greenhow, S. and Jones, C. and Hackett, S. and Biehal, N. and Baldwin, H. and Cusworth, L. and Wade, J. (2017) 'Mind-mindedness in parents of looked after children.', Developmental psychology., 53 (10). pp. 1954-1965.
The studies reported here aimed to test the proposal that mind-mindedness is a quality of personal relationships by assessing mind-mindedness in caregiver–child dyads in which the relationship has not spanned the child’s life or in which the relationship has been judged dysfunctional. Studies 1 and 2 investigated differences in mind-mindedness between adoptive parents (ns = 89, 36) and biological parents from the general population (ns = 54, 114). Both studies found lower mind-mindedness in adoptive compared with biological parents. The results of Study 2 showed that this group difference was independent of parental mental health and could not fully be explained in terms of children’s behavioral difficulties. Study 3 investigated differences in mind-mindedness in foster carers (n = 122), parents whose children had been the subject of a child protection plan (n = 172), and a community sample of biological parents (n = 128). The level of mind-mindedness in foster carers and parents who were involved with child protection services was identical and lower than that in the community sample; children’s behavioral difficulties could not account for the difference between the 2 groups of biological parents. In all 3 studies, nonbiological carers’ tendency to describe their children with reference to preadoption or placement experiences was negatively related to mind-mindedness. These findings are in line with mind-mindedness being a relational construct.
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|Date accepted:||30 March 2017|
|Date deposited:||03 May 2017|
|Date of first online publication:||31 July 2017|
|Date first made open access:||31 July 2017|
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