ERIC Number: ED353040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Parenting the Poorly Attached Teenager. Fostering Families. A Specialized Training Program Designed for Foster Care Workers & Foster Care Parents.
Schatz, Mona Struhsaker; Faust, Timothy Philip
This module is part of a training program for foster parents and foster care workers offered at Colorado State University. The module explores the attachment process and the long-term effects of attachment difficulties in the first years of a child's life. The module's learning objectives address: (1) ways of identifying the basic concepts underlying attachment and bonding; (2) ways of examining attachment disorder through a continuum from securely attached to poorly attached to unattached; and (3) ways of identifying problem behaviors in teenagers who struggle with attachment disorder. The module consists of four lectures, each of which includes reading materials, charts, and activities for individuals or groups. Lecture 1 considers the importance of attaching behaviors, and the dynamics of attachment between caregivers and infants. Lecture 2 discusses levels of attachment. A continuum of attachment from securely attached, through inadequately and insecurely attached, to unattached, is outlined. A range of social, psychological, and behavioral patterns in poorly attached teens is explained in lecture 3. These patterns relate to delayed development of conscience, manipulation, anxiety, problems with authority, aggression, poor peer relationships, and isolation. Lecture 4 suggests ways of parenting the poorly attached adolescent, including nurturing, helping the adolescent grieve the poor attachment process, teaching the adolescent to accept the consequences of actions, and providing psychological services. A form for evaluating the module is appended. (BC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Support Staff; Practitioners
Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Social Services, Boulder.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. Dept. of Social Work.