Child Abuse and Neglect: Effects on child development, brain development, and interpersonal relationships
This article describes the effects of chronic maltreatment, such as can occur in an orphanage, on a child's psychological development, brain development, and later relationships. There are clear links between maltreatment and later psychological, emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal disorders. The basis for this linkage is the impact that maltreatment has on brain development. Daniel Siegel, medical director of the Infant and Preschool Service at the University of California, L.A., has found important links between interpersonal experiences and neurobiological development
Recognizing attachment concerns in children
This article describes the subtle signs of attachment difficulties. Many of these subtle concerns can be found in young children adopted from overseas. It is important for parents to be sensitive to the subtle effects of institutional care so that they can appropriately help their children. This article includes some parent annecdotes and specific ideas for parents to use.
Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
Attachment disorder: are we trying to fit square pegs into the round holes?
The attachment issues of internationally adopted children remain a very controversial problem for parents and professionals alike. Dr. Boris Gindis looks at Attachment Disorder from different perspectives, briefly analyzing examples from his own decade–long psychological practice and outlining his views on Attachment Disorder.
Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D.
Notes on Attachment
This article describes how attachment develops and difficulties that children can expeience when all does not go as it should.
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.