Benoit, D., Madigan, S., Lecce, S., Shea, B. and Goldberg, S. (2001). A typical Maternal Behavior toward Feeding Disordered Infants Before and After Intervention. Infant Mental Health Journal 22(12), 611-626.
Atypical behavior and disordered communication during infant-parent interactions as evaluated by Atypical Maternal Behavior Instrument for Assessment and Classification (AMBIANCE), has been associated with unsystematic infant attachment. The journal outlines a study, which was conducted to examine the significance of AMBIANCE as an effective tool of eliminating disordered communication and atypical behavior. The study used 28 mothers of infants with feeding problems. The intervention strategies focused on teaching the caregivers to respond more sensitively to the infants while the mothers were taught to adopt new attachment based feeding techniques. The results of the study revealed a significant reduction in AMBIANCE by the play-focused group compared to the feeding-focused group.