Preston A. Britner

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Child-parent attachment quality with an adoptive caregiver at age 4 years was examined in a sample of 111 children adopted into the United Kingdom following early severe deprivation in Romania and a comparison group of 52 nondeprived within-United Kingdom adoptees. Findings indicated that, compared with nondeprived adoptees, children who experienced early(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this research was to study how different groups of child welfare professionals prioritize and use information to make placement decisions following instances of child abuse. METHOD A total of 90 juvenile court judges and guardians ad litem, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), social workers, and mental health professionals(More)
There are well-documented play deficits in autism beginning with infant object and social play. To create effective interventions, the predictors of play deficits in autism must be established. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) frequently report sensory processing difficulties including poor praxis; however, these are potential predictors of(More)
Maternal resolution of a child's diagnosis relates to sensitive caregiving and healthy attachment. Failure to resolve is associated with maternal distress, high caregiving burden, and the quality of marital and social support. This study examined maternal resolution of diagnosis in a child psychiatric population utilizing the Reaction to Diagnosis paradigm.(More)
The Marvin and Britner system for classifying caregiver behavior patterns in the preschool Strange Situation is presented to complement the Cassidy and Marvin (1992) preschool child-parent attachment classification system. Participants were 110 mothers and their preschool children (aged 2 to 4 years) with medical risks (epilepsy or mild cerebral palsy) or(More)
Home visitation (HV) is a promising service delivery model, despite a history of mixed documented results. Compiling results on the promising family and child development outcomes in the HV literature has utility for current programs and those under development. We review traditional outcomes (e.g., child maltreatment prevention) from the literature on HV,(More)
BACKGROUND This study assessed the experience of parents who have a child diagnosed with chronic illness and whether children's narratives mirror these experiences. METHOD A total of 66 parents completed assessments about adaptation and family functioning. Children with type 1 diabetes or asthma participated in a story-stem narrative task. RESULTS(More)
This issue of The Journal of Primary Prevention is, indeed, a special one. Immediately after I received word of the passing of George Albee in July 2006, I decided that a tribute to George’s life and work was a necessity for this journal. This may have been the easiest editorial decision I have made over the past several years. No one has done more to(More)
PURPOSE The current study sought to compare interventional materials intended to raise public awareness of the caregiving practices connected to Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Two hundred and sixty four adults (mean age 32 years) were recruited for participation through convenience sampling at a large Northeastern university. Participants fell into two(More)
George Albee1 leads off this issue with his “Historical Overview of Primary Prevention of Psychopathology,” an address to The 3rd World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders, September 15–17, 2004, Auckland, New Zealand. Always insightful and provocative, Albee looks back over nearly 50 years of(More)