Reactive Attachment Disorder Term Paper by jherio

Reactive Attachment Disorder
An overview of the symptoms and treatment of attachment disorders.
# 56296 | 1,845 words | 8 sources | APA | 2004 | US

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Attachment disorder has somewhat different forms in adults and children. In infants and young children, reactive attachment disorder is prevalent in those who do not have a parental figure that they can securely attach to for love and comfort. In order to thrive and develop normally, infants need a caregiver to help them regulate and handle emotion. In adults, attachment is more often viewed from an interpersonal relationship perspective and how that individual's early significant interpersonal relationships, particularly with their caregivers, have affected their relationships in adulthood. This research paper examines attachment disorders and how these ailments are treated in clinical practice.

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"Childhood adversity has been shown to be a determinant on secure adult attachment (Kessler & Mickelson, 1997). Specific childhood adversities are correlated with insecure adult attachment. Those who experienced serious interpersonal traumas such as physical abuse and/or neglect are more predestined to develop insecure attachment than those who were not. Parental psychopathologies, substance abuse, and financial adversity were also significantly related to insecure adult attachment. These adversities have their affects into adulthood because as a child, the person's trust in their parental figure is betrayed, and in turn damages the parent-child relationship."

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