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Mind-mindedness in parents of looked after children.

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.

Abstract

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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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000304
Publisher statement:© 2017 APA, all rights reserved. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
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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