ERIC Number: EJ979127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reactive Attachment Disorder in Adopted and Foster Care Children: Implications for Mental Health Professionals
Stinehart, Michelle A.; Scott, David A.; Barfield, Hannah G.
Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, v20 n4 p355-360 Oct 2012
A disruption in the initial attachment formed between an infant and a primary caregiver often leads to some type of disordered or disorganized attachment. While research has been conducted on the etiology, symptoms, and effective forms of therapy regarding this disorder, much definitive information remains unknown or unclear. With the increasing use of foster care in America and the frequency of adoption, it is becoming obvious that more attention is needed in the area of how to best appropriately approach a diagnosis of reactive attachment disorder. This article will discuss current trends and implications for mental health professionals working in the field of foster care and adoption settings.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Foster Care, Attachment Behavior, Mental Health Workers, Parent Child Relationship, Definitions, Clinical Diagnosis, Adoption, Counseling Techniques, At Risk Persons
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