Development of atypical parental behavior during an inpatient family preservation intervention program

Vischer, A-F. W. K., Post, W. J., Grietens, H., Knorth, E. J. & Bronfman, E., 27-Jan-2020, In : Infant Mental Health Journal. 41, 1, p. 5-23 19 p.

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Since failed reunification is a detrimental outcome for children, specifically for infants and toddlers, the aim of the study was to gain insight into supporting families in multiple problem situations towards sustainable good enough parenting. We therefore examined outcomes of an assessment-based in-patient family preservation (FP) program. Methods. Using file analysis we prepared a thorough target population description (n=70). We examined atypical parental behavior during the intervention using the Atypical Maternal Behavior Instrument for Assessment and Classification (AMBIANCE) with a repeated measures design (n=30). Results. The family files revealed a great proportion of issues on family, parent, and child level, varying from practical issues, problems in parent functioning and between parents, and to the broader environment. We found a significant decline in three dimensions of atypical parental behavior over time. Conclusions. The results are discussed in relation to treatment emphasis, program efficacy and utilization of the AMBIANCE in both research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-23
Number of pages19
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Issue number1
Early online date11-Sep-2019
Publication statusPublished - 27-Jan-2020


  • Child protection, disorganized attachment, family preservation services, parenting assessment, program evaluation, OF-HOME CARE, FOSTER-CARE, CHILD PROTECTION, DISORGANIZED ATTACHMENT, MATERNAL SENSITIVITY, MALTREATED CHILDREN, UNRESOLVED STATES, SERVICES, OUTCOMES, REENTRY

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