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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Infant Attachment Checklist

Infant Attachment Checklist
Copyright by Walter D. Buenning, Ph.D., 1999

1

Cries, miserable all the time; chronically fussy

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

2

Resists comforting or nurturance

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

3

Resists or dislikes being held

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

4

Poor eye contact or avoids eye contact

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

5

Flat, lifeless affect (too quiet)

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

6

Likes playpen or crib more than being held

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

7

Rarely cries (overly good baby)

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

8

Angry or rageful when cries

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

9

Exceedingly demanding

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

10

Looks sad or empty-eyed

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

11

Wants to hold the bottle as soon as possible

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

12

Stiffens or becomes rigid when held

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

13

Prefers being held with back toward mother

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

14

Does not hold on when held (no reciprocal holding)

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

15

When held chest to chest, faces away

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

16

Does not return or reciprocate hugs

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

17

Generally unresponsive to parent

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

18

Cries or rages when held beyond his wishes

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

19

Overly independent play or makes no demands

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

20

Reaches for others to hold him rather than parent

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

21

Little or reduced verbal responsiveness

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

22

Does not return smiles

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

23

Shows very little imitative behavior

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

24

Prefers Dad to Mom

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

25

Gets in and out of parents lap frequently

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

26

Physically restless when sleeping

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

27

Does not react to pain (high pain tolerance)

0

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

Download .pdf version of Infant Attachment Checklist

Information used by permission of Dr. Walder D. Buenning, Ph.D.
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