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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Resources: Books for Parents & Professionals



Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents, by Deborah D. Gray
Proper attachment is the most fundamental issue in a successful adoption, but what exactly does the term mean? Attaching in Adoption answers that question thoroughly, and it provides solutions to a variety of specific attachment problems. Along with technical explanations of challenges such as self-esteem, childhood grief, and limit-testing, the book includes a tremendous number of personal vignettes illustrating attachment-related situations. Parents who are convinced that only their child has ever behaved a certain way are sure to take comfort in these stories; not only do they include kids from all backgrounds and age groups, but each has an ultimately happy ending. The emotional health of the whole family is also paramount according to the book - with plenty of rest and "alone time," caregivers are more likely to be emotionally available when they are most needed. Because Attaching in Adoption focuses on special needs, families who are coming together through foster programs, at later ages, or across cultural lines will find it especially helpful. Both psychologically detailed and straightforwardly helpful, it can be of equal benefit to counselors and parents alike. 391 pages.



The Love Disorder, by Conrad Boeding, Ed McManis, and Kim Thomas
The quality of the attachment between a child and caregiver determines the child?s ability to sustain successful, loving relationships. When this connection is not established or broken it creates an attachment disorder which results in a child being unable to love or let love in - hence, the love disorder. The Love Disorder is a resource for parents as well as clinicians. Conrad Boeding, M.A. is the founder and executive director of Human Passages Institute, an organizaiton dedicated to helping children with attachment disorders throughout North America. In addition to authoring "The Love Disorder", a book outlining Dynamic Attachment Therapy, a powerful new approach to understanding and caring for difficult children, he has hosted his own national and local radio shows and also spent many years teaching high school and coaching athletics. Conrad is a Psychotherapist who has been working with at-risk children for 20 years. He is also a national speaker, presenter and trainer on the subject of at-risk children. He has conducted seminars and workshops in the United States and Canada. 170 pages.



Attachment Disorganization, by Judith Solomon and Carol George
Since 1986, when disorganized attachment was first defined by Mary Main and Judith Solomon, a great deal of interest has been shown in this addition to the standard Ainsworth classification system. This groundbreaking volume brings together eminent researchers and clinicians to present current, original theory and data on the nature of disorganized attachment, its etiology, and its sequelae. Contributors report on the social, psychological, and biological contributions to disorganization. Longitudinal findings are presented on developmental outcomes in middle childhood; special populations are examined, including children with disabilities; and new assessment methodologies are described. Advancing our understanding of a significant subgroup of infants and children with attachment- related difficulties, the volume represents an important contribution to the empirical attachment literature. 420 pages.



Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications, by Jude Cassidy (Editor), Phillip R. Shaver (Editor)
Offers a broad view of attachment theory to professionals who generally encounter and understand it only in the context of one of the many fields it has permeated. Assembles such information as what the founders of the approach had to say originally, what subsequent research has revealed, what measures have been developed and what they actually measure, and what recent theoretical and empirical developed contribute to the overall story of attachment relationships and personality development. Also suitable as a core text for a course devoted to attachment theory and research. 925 pages. Personal Note: A wealth of information, intended for professionals.



More Than Love: Adopting and Surviving Attachment Disorder Children, by Sherril M. Stone.
Attachment Disorder is the psychological diagnosis for children who exhibit problems with attachment during infancy or early childhood. Often resulting in severe emotional and behavioral problems, these children are unable to give and receive love and affection. Often physically and emotionally abusive to caregivers, siblings and peers, these children constantly defy parental rules and authority and create ongoing stress and turmoil in a family. "More Than Love" is a candid chronicle of three boys adopted with Attachment Disorder and of the difficulties experienced by their adoptive parents. Begun as a daily journal of a quest to bond as a family, author Sherril M. Stone, Ph.D. spares no emotion or detail as she describes the years of heartache and determination required to parent the boys. While outsiders only witnessed charming, sweet, and "good" boys, those close to them knew the extent of their manipulative behaviors. The struggle to reverse the harm caused before the adoption stretched a strong marriage and close family ties to the breaking point. Tragically, the only choice was to relinquish parental rights, a decision made to protect family, friends, and society as a whole. "More Than Love" offers includes tips for the identification of signs and symptoms of Attachment Disorder and includes suggestions for handling aggressive, disruptive and antisocial behaviors, as well as a guide to therapeutic services. 266 pages.



Treating Attachment Disorders: From Theory to Therapy, by Karl Heinz Brisch.
While intended for the clinician, "Treating Attachment Disorders" is readable. The reader is quickly drawn into the cases, most of which are interesting and useful in clinical practice. The author offers much for both the novice clinician, for whom learning to establish a secure base is crucial, and for experienced ones who want to integrate attachment theory into their work. Child therapists, in particular, will find many valuable insights. It is not a step-by-step handbook, and it doesn't focus on every concept that has been developed by attachment theorists. However, Treating attachment disorders is an important and very timely book that shows how understanding attachment and keeping it in mind can immeasurably enrich one's clinical experience. While not intended for parents, the text may be helpful in assisting educated parents in understanding attachment therapy, and being better able to participate in the process. 294 pages.



Attachment, Intimacy, Autonomy: Using Attachment Theory in Adult Psychotherapy, by Jeremy Holmes.
Using theories first introduced by John Bowlby, the papers in this volume vary from an introductory essay on attachment to examining the link between attachment and brain development. Easy to read, this text is intended for anyone who is interested in the subject of attachment and attachment disorders. 245 pages.



Attachment and Psychopathology, by Leslie Atkinson (Editor),
The text covers general considerations, risk and prediction, and clinical findings. Topics include patterns of attachment and sexual behavior; risk of dysfunction versus opportunity for creative integration; attachment networks in postdivorce families; intergenerational transmission of attachment; attachment and childhood behavior problems in normal, at-risk, and clinical samples; morality, disruptive behavior, borderline personality disorder, crime, and their relationship to security of attachment; and a mother-child case study. 328 pages.



Attachment Issues in Psychopathology and Intervention, by Leslie Atkinson (Editor) and Susan Goldberg (Editor)
Addresses the psychopathology of attachment disorder, including the application of attachment, attachment and psychopathology, and the relationship between disorders of attachment and failure to thrive. Attachment patterns between disordered children and their parents, and the role of attachment in controlling strategies are explained. The author also discusses various intervention techniques. Intended for the professional. 328 pages.



Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder, by Valerie Sinason (Editor)
Sections include: Mapping the Territory, which discusses dissociative identity disorder, childhood dissociation and its roots in adulthood, and PTSD and dissociation; Attachment Focus, Theory and Research, which gives an attachment theory perspective and a theoretical framework for understanding multiplicity and dissociation; Psychoanalytically Oriented Clinical Work, detailing several case studies; Practical Diagnostic and Administrative Issues; and Other Frames of Reference. Intended for the clinician. 280 pages.

Note: When available, and when money is an object, please consider purchasing a used book rather than a new one. While I don't earn nearly as much of a commission on the sale of used books, the difference in cost to you is worth considering. With the money you've saved, go out and buy yourself something. -- ken


Last Modified on: Saturday, August 08, 2009



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