An explanation of the importance of attachment in an individual's life and how to maximize it in a child's development.
Linda Busch, PH.D.
Older Child Adoption: A Psychologist's Story of Love and Attachment
Dr. Linda Busch, clinical psychologist and expert in adoption and attachment, tells the story of how she and her husband came to adopt an 8 year old girl from Russia. Dr. Busch believes that most older adopted children are not attachment disordered, but simply need the same time and attention to attach as children raised with their biological parents. Dr. Busch combines self-reflection with her expertise as a psychologist to tell her beautiful story of older child adoption, and offers help and encouragement to adoptive parents struggling with attachment concerns.
Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D.
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: An evidence-based and effective treatment for trauma and disorders of attachment
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is an evidence-based and effective treatment for trauma and attachment disorders. This article describes the treatment and it's evidence base.
Sara-Jane Hardman and Jean Roe Mauro, LCSW
A dialogue with a family in distress
How often do the adoptive parents who “poured their lives into their children,” as the mother writes, find themselves in a situation when, in the moment of high emotions or simply “right out of the blue,” their children turn against them, distance themselves, accuse them of perceived wrongdoing, cruelty, and other impossible things? Not so rarely, unfortunately. In this dialogue with such family in trouble, the authors of the book If I Love My Kid Enough: The Reality of Raising an Adopted Child Sara-Jane Hardman and Jean Roe Mauro talk about how it happens with those who were abandoned young and how long any path to healing is.
Nicholas Rogu M.D.
Reactive Attachment Disorder in the Internationally adopted child
I have heard that many internationally adopted children are at risk for Reactive Attachment Disorder. What is this disorder and what are some of the signs that parents should look for?