Behavior Problems: Causes and Treatment

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Attachment and Bonding in the Foster and Adopted Child
Attachment and Bonding in the Foster and Adopted Child

An important 2014 book by James Kenny, PhD and Peter Kenny, JD.

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Treating Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) More than with any other mental disorder, the healing for Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) takes place in the home. The main job of the therapist is to structure significant connecting with others, especially family members. Read more
Modeling Attachment Parents may find it hard to relate to a child day in and day out without any emotional response. The child’s failure to respond is hard to take. Despite these difficulties foster parents can help. Read more
Childhood Mental Illness Intermittent placement and non-attachment can result in mental illness. Read more
Adult Mental Illness Disorders of childhood generated by delays and multiple moves are mild compared to what is yet to come. The breaking of bonded relationships causes even more serious problems in adulthood. Read more
Delay, Despair, and Detachment: The Physical and Mental Health of Foster Children The DSM-IV indicates that Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) may arises from the “repeated changes of primary caregiver that prevent formation of stable attachments (e.g. frequent change in foster care.)” Read more
Striking Back in Anger: Delinquency and Crime in Foster Children Detachment and the destruction of the capacity for intimacy are not the only results of long stays in foster care. Frustration can lead to aggression. Read more
No Place to Call Home: Moving Toward Homelessness Running away from a foster care placement expresses homelessness as a deliberate choice. The foster youth apparently prefers the “freedom” of homelessness to imposed temporary care and systemic transience....Better than any other term or condition, “homeless” describes the state of a child in foster care. By definition the foster child is a transient, without a permanent home. Read more
The Role of the Mental Health Professional A mental health professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker) can play three important roles on the foster child's road to bonding and permanence. Read more
The Assessment of Bonding The evaluator must have a clear definition of bonding as his template. Then the assessment should answer the simple question: Is this child bonded to these parents? Read more
How the Child Welfare Department Can Help More than any of the other major players, the child welfare department can facilitate the ultimate goal: assuring safety and achieving permanence within one year. Read more
Caseworkers Can Make a Difference To benefit the child, foster care needs to be brief. A plan to achieve permanency should begin immediately upon removal from the problem home. Read more

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