The current study examined the attachment development of 92 internationally adopted Chinese girls, focusing on the influence of type of pre-adoption care (institutional versus foster care) and sensitive adoptive parenting. Although the children were more often insecurely attached than non-adopted children 2 and 6 months after adoption (Times 1 and 2, N = 92), they had similar levels of secure base script knowledge (SBS knowledge) as a non-adopted comparison group at age 10 (Time 3, N = 87). Furthermore, concurrently observed sensitive parenting was positively associated with SBS knowledge. Finally, a significant interaction between type of pre-adoption care and early-childhood sensitive parenting indicated that the post-institutionalized children showed a stronger increase in security than the post-foster children when parents were more sensitive.

attachment, International adoption, pre-adoption care, secure base script, sensitive parenting,
Attachment and Human Development
Department of Psychology

Finet, C. (Chloë), Waters, T.E.A. (Theodore E. A.), Vermeer, H.J, Juffer, F, van IJzendoorn, M.H, Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J, & Bosmans, G. (Guy). (2020). Attachment development in children adopted from China: the role of pre-adoption care and sensitive adoptive parenting. Attachment and Human Development. doi:10.1080/14616734.2020.1760902