Prevalence of reactive attachment disorder in a deprived population

Minnis, H. , Macmillan, S., Pritchett, R., Young, D., Wallace, B., Butcher, J., Sim, F., Baynham, K., Davidson, C. and Gillberg, C. (2013) Prevalence of reactive attachment disorder in a deprived population. British Journal of Psychiatry, 202(5), pp. 342-346. (doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.112.114074)

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Abstract

Background Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is associated with early childhood maltreatment and has unknown population prevalence beyond infancy. Aims: To estimate RAD prevalence in a deprived population of children. Method: All 1646 children aged 6-8 years old in a deprived sector of an urban UK centre were screened for RAD symptoms. Parents of high and low scorers were interviewed using semi-structured interviews probing for psychopathology and individuals likely to have RAD were offered face-to-face assessment. Results: Questionnaire data were available from 92.8% of teachers and 65.8% of parents. Assessments were conducted with 50% of those invited and missing data were imputed - based on the baseline data - for the rest. We calculated that there would be 23 children with definite RAD diagnoses, suggesting that the prevalence of RAD in this population was 1.40% (95% CI 0.94-2.10). Conclusions: In this deprived general population, RAD was not rare.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sim, Mrs Fiona and Gillberg, Professor Christopher and Minnis, Professor Helen and Butcher, Mr John and Young, Mr David and Wallace, Dr Brendan and Pritchett, Miss Rachel and Baynham, Miss Katie and Davidson, Miss Claire and Macmillan, Miss Susan
Authors: Minnis, H., Macmillan, S., Pritchett, R., Young, D., Wallace, B., Butcher, J., Sim, F., Baynham, K., Davidson, C., and Gillberg, C.
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:British Journal of Psychiatry
Publisher:Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN:0007-1250
ISSN (Online):1472-1465

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