AMBIANCE (Atypical Maternal Behavior Instrument for Assessment and Classification) Training Workshop
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Dr. Sheri Madigan is a child psychologist and Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development at the University of Calgary. Using several large population studies, Dr. Madigan follows children from birth to middle childhood and examines how various layers of influence, such as individual, family, and contextual influences, are associated with children’s social, cognitive, and behavioral development. She conducts large-scale meta-analyses and individual participant data reviews to address disparities in the literature and accelerate theory and research in clinical and developmental science.
Dr. Madigan’s program of research, which includes national and international collaborations, is funded by several Canadian granting agencies. She serves on the International Advisory Board for Attachment and Human Development. Together with Drs. Lyons-Ruth and Bronfman, she has conducted over ten AMBIANCE workshops since 2005.
Bibliography of AMBIANCE Studies
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Initial AMBIANCE Validity Study:
1. Lyons-Ruth, K., Bronfman, E., & Parsons, E. (1999). Atypical attachment in infancy and early childhood among children at developmental risk. Part IV. Maternal frightened, frightening, or atypical behavior and disorganized infant attachment patterns. In J. Vondra & D. Barnett (Eds.), Atypical patterns of infant attachment: Theory, research, and current directions. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 64(3, Serial No. 258), 67–96.
Metaanalytic Review of AMBIANCE Studies (2006) – Validity and Stability:
1. Madigan, S., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., van IJzendoorn, M., Moran, G., Pederson, D., & Benoit, D., (2006) Unresolved states of mind, anomalous parental behavior, and disorganized attachment: A review and meta-analysis. Attachment and Human Development, 8, 89-111.
Most recent AMBIANCE-related publications:
- Haltigan, J.D., Madigan, S., Bronfman, E., Bailey, H., Borland-Kerr, C., Mills-Koonce, R., & Lyons- Ruth, K. Refining the assessment of disrupted maternal communication: Using item response models to identify central indicators of disrupted behavior. Development and Psychopathology 2017; 1-17. doi:10.1017/S0954579417001778
- Tereno, S., Madigan, S., Lyons-Ruth, K., Plamondon, A., Atkinson, L., Guedeney, N., Greacen, T., Dugravier, R., Saias, T., Guedeney, A. Assessing a change mechanism in a randomized home- visiting trial: Reducing disrupted maternal communication decreases infant disorganization. Development and Psychopathology 2017; 29: 637–649.
- Lyons-Ruth, K. , Pechtel, P. , Yoon, S.A., Anderson C.M. , Teicher, M.H. Disorganized attachment in infancy predicts greater amygdala volume in adulthood. Behavioral Brain Research 2016; 308: 83-93.
- Byun, S., Brumariu, L., Lyons-Ruth, K. Disorganized attachment in young adulthood as partial mediator of relations between severity of childhood abuse and dissociation. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation 2016, 17(4), 460-479.
- Macfie, J., Brumariu, L., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2015) Parent-child role-confusion: A critical review of an emerging concept. Developmental Review.
- Lyons-Ruth, K., Bureau, J. -F., Holmes, B., Easterbrooks, M., Brooks, N. H. (2013). Borderline symptoms and suicidality/self-injury in late adolescence: Prospectively observed relationship correlates in infancy and childhood. Psychiatry Research, 206, 273-281.
- Vulliez-Coady, L., Obsuth, I., Torreiro Casal, M., Ellertsdottir, L., Lyons-Ruth, K. (2013). Maternal role-confusion: Relations to maternal attachment and mother-child interaction from infancy to adolescence. Infant Mental Health Journal, 34, 117-131.
- Crockett, E., Holmes, B., Granger, D., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2013). Maternal disrupted communication during face-to-face interaction at four months: Relation to maternal and infant cortisol among at-risk families. Infancy, 18, 1111-1134.
- Brumariu, L., Bureau, J-F., Nemoda, Z., Sasvari-Szekely, M., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2015) Attachment and temperament revisited: Infant distress, attachment disorganisation and the serotonin transporter polymorphism. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.
- Yoon, S., A. Kelso, G., Lock, A., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2014). Mother–Infant Joint Attention and Sharing: Relations to Disorganized Attachment and Maternal Disrupted Communication. The Journal of genetic psychology,175(6), 494-510.
- Lyons-Ruth, K. Bureau, J., Easterbrooks, A., Obsuth, I., Hennighausen, K. (2013) Parsing the construct of maternal insensitivity: Distinct longitudinal pathways associated with early maternal withdrawal. Attachment & Human Development: Festschrift Issue for MDS Ainsworth, 15, 562-582.
- Shi, Z., Bureau, JF., Easterbrooks, M.A., Zhao, X., Lyons-Ruth, K. (2012) Childhood maltreatment and prospectively observed quality of early care as predictors of antisocial personality disorder. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33, 1-14.
- Pechtel, P., Woodman, A., Lyons-Ruth, K. (2012) Early maternal withdrawal and non-verbal childhood IQ as precursors for substance abuse diagnosis in young adulthood: Results of a 20-year prospective study. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 5, 316-329.
Other AMBIANCE Publications:
Benoit, D., Madigan, S., Lecce, S., Shea, B., & Goldberg, S. (2001) Atypical maternal behavior before and after intervention. Infant Mental Health Journal, 22, 611-626.
Bureau JF, Ann Easterbrooks M, Lyons-Ruth K. (2009) Attachment disorganization and role-reversal in middle childhood: Maternal and child precursors and correlates. Attachment & Human Development.;11(3):265 – 84.
Crawford A, Benoit D.(2009) Caregivers’ disrupted representations of the unborn child predict later infant-caregiver disorganized attachment and disrupted interactions. Infant Mental Health Journal, 30, 124-144.
Dutra,L., Bureau, J., Holmes, B., Lyubchik, A., Lyons-Ruth, K. (2009) Quality of early care and childhood trauma: A prospective study of developmental pathways to dissociation. J Nerv Ment Dis; 197(6): 383-390.
Easterbrooks, M.A., Bureau, J-F., Lyons-Ruth, K. (2012) Developmental correlates and predictors of emotional availability in mother-child Interaction: A longitudinal study from infancy to middle childhood. Development & Psychopathology, 24, 65-78.
Forbes, L., Evans, E., Moran, G., & Pederson, D.R. (2005). Change in atypical maternal behavior predicts change in attachment disorganization from 12 to 24 months. Child Development, 78, 955-971.
Gervai, J., Novak, A., Lakatos, K., Toth, I., Danis, I., Ronai, Z., Nemoda, Z., Sasvari-Szekely, M., Bureau, J. F., Bronfman, E., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2007) Infant genotype may moderate sensitivity to maternal affective communications: Attachment disorganization, quality of care, and the DRD4 polymorphism. Soc Neurosci; 2: 1-13.
Goldberg, S., Benoit, D., Blokland, K., & Madigan, S. (2003). Atypical maternal behavior, maternal representations and infant disorganized attachment. Development and Psychopathology, 15, 239- 257.
Grienenberger, J., Kelly, K., & Slade, A. (2005). Maternal reflective functioning, mother-infant affective communication, and infant attachment: Exploring the link between mental states of observed caregiving behavior in the intergenerational transmission of attachment. Attachment and Human Development, 7, 299-311.
Hobson RP, Patrick MP, Hobson JA, Crandell L, Bronfman E, Lyons-Ruth K. (2009) How mothers with borderline personality disorder relate to their year-old infants. Br J Psychiatry;195(4):325-30.
Holmes, B., Lyons-Ruth, K., Gunning, M., Hughes, S., Kelly, K., Stough, C., & Waugh, H. (Submitted for publication.) Mothers’ self-reported emotional intelligence predicts maternal disrupted behavior in face-to-face interaction with 4-month old infants.
Kelly, K., Ueng-McHale, J., Grienenberger, J., & Slade, A. (2003, April). Atypical maternal behavior and their relation to infant attachment disorganization. Poster presented at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, Florida.
Lyons-Ruth, K. (2008) Contributions of the mother-infant relationship to dissociative, borderline, and conduct symptoms in young adulthood. Infant Ment Health J; 29(3): 203-218.
Lyons-Ruth, K., Bureau J., Riley, C., Atlas-Corbett, A. F. (2009). Socially indiscriminate attachment behavior in the Strange Situation: Convergent and discriminant validity in relation to caregiving risk, later behavior problems, and attachment insecurity. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 355-372.
Lyons-Ruth, K., Yellin, C., Melnick, S., & Atwood, G. (2005). Expanding the concept of
unresolved mental states: Hostile/Helpless states of mind on the Adult Attachment Interview are associated with disrupted mother-infant communication and infant disorganization. Development and Psychopathology, 17, 1-23.
Madigan, S., Benoit, D., & Boucher, C. (2011). Exploration of the links among fathers’ unresolved states of mind with respect to attachment, atypical paternal behaviour, and disorganized infant-father attachment. Infant Mental Health Journal, 32, 286-304.
Madigan, S., Benoit, D., & Voci, S. (2011). Stability of atypical caregiver behaviors over six years and associations with disorganized attachment. Attachment and Human Development, 13, 237-252.
Madigan, S., Hawkins, E., Benoit, D., & Goldberg, S. (2006). Reduction of disrupted
caregiver behavior using modified interaction guidance. Infant Mental Health Journal, 27, 509- 527.
Madigan, S., Moran, G., & Pederson, D.R.(2006). Unresolved states of mind, disorganized
attachment relationships, and disrupted mother-infant interactions of adolescent mothers and their infants. Developmental Psychology, 42, 293-304.
Madigan, S., Moran, G., Schuengel, C., Pederson, D., & Otten, R. (2007). Unresolved maternal attachment representations, disrupted maternal behavior and disorganized attachment in infancy: Links to toddler behavior problems. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48, 1042-1050.
Moran, G., Forbes, L., Evans, E., Tarabulsy, G., Madigan, S. (2008) Both maternal sensitivity
and atypical maternal behavior independently predict attachment security and disorganization in adolescent mother-infant relationships. Infant Behavior and Development, 31, 316-320.
Najmi, S., Bureau, J., Chen, D., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (in press) Maternal attitudinal inflexibility: Longitudinal relations with mother-infant interaction and childhood hostile-aggressive behavior problems. Child Abuse & Neglect.
Schechter, DS, Willheim E, Hinojosa C, Scholfield-Kleinman, K, Turner JB, McCaw J, Zeanah CH, Myers MM (2010). Subjective and objective measures of parent-child relationship dysfunction, child separation distress, and joint attention. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 73(2), 130-144.
Schechter DS, Coates, SW, Kaminer T, Coots T, Zeanah CH, Davies M, Schonfield IS, Marshall RD, Liebowitz MR Trabka KA, McCaw J, Myers MM (2008). Distorted maternal mental representations and atypical behavior in a clinical sample of violence-exposed mothers and their toddlers. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation , 9(2), 123-149.
Lyons-Ruth, K., Bronfman, E., Atwood, G. (1999) A relational diathesis model of hostile-helpless states of mind: Expressions in mother-infant interaction. In: Solomon J, George C, editors. Attachment disorganization. New York: Guilford, p. 33-69.
Lyons-Ruth, K. & Jacobvitz, D. (1999). Attachment disorganization: Unresolved loss, relational violence and lapses in behavioral and attentional strategies. In J. Cassidy & P.R. Shaver (Eds.) Handbook of Attachment, New York: Guilford, 520-554.
Lyons-Ruth, K., Bureau, J. F., Holmes, B., Easterbrooks, A., & Brooks, N. H. (2012). Borderline
symptoms and suicidality/self-injury in late adolescence: Prospectively observed relationship
correlates in infancy and childhood.Psychiatry research.
Lyons-Ruth, K., Jacobvitz, D. (2008) Disorganized attachment: Genetic factors, parenting contexts, and developmental transformation from infancy to adulthood. In: Cassidy J, Shaver P, editors. Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications. 2nd Edition. New York: Guilford, p. 666-697.
Lyons-Ruth, K., Jacobvitz, D. 2016) Attachment disorganization from infancy to adulthood: Neurobiological correlates, parenting contexts, and pathways to disorder. In: Cassidy J, Shaver P, editors. Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications. 3nd Edition. New York: Guilford; p. 667-695.
Baradon, T. & Bronfman, E. (2010). Contributions of, and divergences between, clinical work and research tools relating to trauma and disorganization. In Baradon, T. (Ed.), Relational Trauma in Infancy: Psychoanalytic, Attachment and Neuropsychological Contributions to Parent-Infant Psychotherapy: Routledge: London, England, p. 163-179.