RadKid.Org: Reactive Attachment Disorder

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Common Background Causes of Reactive Attachment Disorder

  • In utero maternal drug or alcohol abuse
  • Birth trauma
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse during the first 3 years of life
  • Physical or emotional neglect
  • Separation from birth mother early in life
  • Chaotic family situation
  • Harsh and inconsistent parenting
  • Overindulgent parenting
  • Multiple changes in living location
  • Inadequate day care; multiple care givers
  • Frequent moves or placements in the foster care system; failed adoptions
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Undiagnosed painful illness; unresolved, ongoing pain
  • Maternal alcohol or drug use
  • Maternal depression
  • A lack of attunement between the mother and child
  • Young or inexperienced mother with poor parenting skills

Information received in part from experience and observation, but also from:


Last Modified on: Saturday, August 08, 2009


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