About the Project
developed out of a growing recognition by St. Joseph's Women's Health
Centre of the need to inform and educate community-based agencies
across Canada on the value of supporting and promoting cross-cultural
attachment practices in their everyday programming and responsiveness
to families with young children. It also acknowledges the fact that
families and children now living in Canada require additional support
and understanding in preserving, adapting, and sharing their effective
Attachment is the deep emotional bond formed between
children and one or more adults, usually a parent or
caregiver. This attachment provides a sense of security
to children and allows them to explore their environment,
returning to the adult during periods of distress. Development
of this emotional bond or attachment involves parents
providing love, nurturing, trust, safety, and respect
to their children, and sensitively responding to their
children's needs. The effects of early attachment have
been shown to last a lifetime.
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was an exploratory research project, conducted as a qualitative
study of parents, with children aged 0-5 years, across Canada. In
addition, with this research, we aim to assist organizations across
Canada in promoting and maintaining positive cross-cultural attachment
practices among program participants, by creating practical resources
project aims to:
- Acknowledge and validate parent-child attachment beliefs,
values, and practices used by women/families coming from diverse
backgrounds and countries abroad.
- Identify the impact of migration and resettlement on
mothers/families maintenance of effective attachment practices.
- Enhance the knowledge and understanding of cross-cultural
attachment beliefs, values, and practices and the impact of migration
and resettlement, within community-based agencies.
of the project are:
- To identify, support and validate similarities and differences
in attachment beliefs, values, and practices used by immigrants/refugees
to promote attachment of their children between the ages of 0
and 5 years.
- To identify the impact of migration and resettlement on attachment
beliefs, values, and practices of immigrant and refugee families
from diverse backgrounds.
- To identify specific strategies used to maintain effective practices
for ensuring positive attachment of children in diverse ethno-specific
Who is guiding
"Sharing Attachment Practices Across Cultures: Learning from Immigrants
and Refugees" is a national project funded by Health
Canada's National Projects Fund.
It is being
led by the St. Joseph's Women's Health
Centre (WHC) in Toronto, and by the project it hosts, the
Parkdale Parents' Primary Prevention Project
(PPPPP), one of over 800 CAPC
and CPNP projects across Canada.
also benefits from the direction of a National
Advisory Panel made up of representatives of each region