Ambiguous Loss, Family Stress, and Infant Attachment During Times of War.

Journal Name
Zero to three.
Journal Volume
27
Journal Issue
6
Page Count
7
Year Published
2007
Author (Individual)
Gorman, Lisa A.
Fitzgerald, Hiram E.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
Unbound
This article examines the interdependent nature of infants and their parents who are experiencing wartime deployment and reunion. Research supports the contention that the cumulative effects of stress place families at risk; the experience of ambiguous loss changes as family roles change throughout the cycle of deployment; and parental absence has a detrimental impact on infant attachment relationships. The article also discusses how parents, professionals, and communities can work together to ensure the youngest family members are afforded optimal development within the context of their parent's wartime deployment. (Author abstract)

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