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Attachment Disorder

  • Recognised as a distint psychiatric condition and included in the DSM.
  • It is when children experience disruptions of early attachments that leads to affecting their social and emotional development.

Children with this Attachment Disorder have:

  • No preferred attachment figure.
  • An inability to interact and relate to others that is evident before 5 years old.
  • Experience of severe neglect or frequent change of caregivers.

Two types of Attachment Disorder:

  • Reactive or inhibited = shy and withdrawn, unable to cope with most social situations.
  • Disinhibited = over-friendly and attention seeking.


Turner and Lloyd (1995)

Privation is only one factor

  • Some research suggests: children who do not form a…


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