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Old 05-21-2009, 04:12 PM
 
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RE: Reactive Attachment Disorder or Attachment Displacement.

Often there are children moved about the system from home to home and we as foster parents are a bit helpless to stop it all.

I am working on documentable facts and statistics I can use to give our caseworkers, GAL's, CASA's, judges, and anyone who might be applicable - in sound bite style. They have books and classes they can read themselves but often times I wish I had quick short facts to give them to reference something I'm seeing in a child. And I know they aren't gonna take the time to read a RAD report for me, but a quick sentence might make them think.

So in light of that thought I'm reading a few RAD books and want to leave little quotes here in case it can help anyone else. If anyone has something they'd like to add please add where you got the information from so it isn't hear say but something traceable and provable.
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:13 PM
 
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“Children with a history of severe attachment disorder develop aggressive, controlling, and conduct disordered behaviors, which contribute to the development of an antisocial personality.“

Pg 3, Terry M. Levy & Michael Orlans of “Handbook of Attachment Interventions”
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:14 PM
 
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“Disruption of attachment during the crucial first 3 years of life can lead to “affectionless psychopathy”; the inability to form meaningful emotional relationships, coupled with chronic anger, poor impulse control, and lack of remorse (Bowlby, 1969).”

Pg 3, M. Levy & Michael Orlans of “Handbook of Attachment Interventions”
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:15 PM
 
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“The most common causes of attachment disorder are abuse, neglect, multiple out-of-home placements (e.g., moves in foster care system), and other prolonged separations from the primary attachment figure (e.g., hospitalization, prison, postpartum depression).”

Pg 9, M. Levy & Michael Orlans of “Handbook of Attachment Interventions”
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:17 PM
 
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“Attachment disorder affects many aspects of a child’s functioning. Symptoms exist along a continuum, from mild to severe, and are divided into six categories.

• Behavior: oppositional and defiant, impulsive, destructive, lie and steal, aggressive and abusive, hyperactive, self-destructive, cruel to animals, fire setting.

• Emotions: intense anger, depressed and hopeless, moody, fearful and anxious (although often hidden), irritable, inappropriate emotional reactions.

• Thoughts: negative core beliefs about self, relationships, and life in general (“negative working model”) lack of cause-and-effect thinking, attention and learning problems.

• Relationships: lacks trust, controlling (“bossy”), manipulative, does not give or receive genuine affection and love, indiscriminately affectionate with strangers, unstable peer relationships, blames others for own mistakes or problems, victimized others/victimized.

• Physical : poor hygiene, tactilely defensive, enuresis and encopresis, accident prone, high pain tolerance, genetic predisposition (e.g., depression, hyperactivity).

• Moral/spiritual: lack of empathy, faith, compassion, remorse, meaning and other prosocial values; identification with evil and the dark side of life.

Attachment disorder is transmitted intergenerationally; children with disordered attachments commonly grow up to be parents who are not able to create a secure foundation with their own children. Instead of following the instinct to protect, comfort, and love their children, they abuse, neglect and abandon. There is a “pyramid effect”; with each generation there is a multifold increase in the number of children with attachment disorder”

Pg 10, M. Levy & Michael Orlans of “Handbook of Attachment Interventions”
M. Levy & Michael Orlans; Evergreen Consultants in Human Behavior – Evergreen Colorado
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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"Some of the well-known people with documented attachment breaks who did not get help with healing parenting and attachment therapy are Jeffrey Dahmer, Edgar Allen Poe, Hitler, Ted Bundy, Saddam Hussein, and Ted Kaczynski, the “Unabomber”.”

Pg 67, of “Handbook of Attachment Interventions”

Nancy L. Thomas; Therapeutic Parenting Specialist – Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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This one really shocked me.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:20 AM
 
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"While this is not an absolute, it is generally the case that children with attachment problems who are NOT violent with animals tend to NOT have full-blown, classic RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder)." "The Jonathon Letters" By Michael Trout and Lori Thomas, Chapter 3.
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