What is attachment disorder?
Attachment disorder is a broad term that describes disorders of mood, behavior, and social relationships that comes from a failure to form normal attachments to primary caregiving figures in early childhood, resulting in problematic social expectations and behaviors. Such a failure would result from unusual early experiences of neglect, abuse, abrupt separation from caregivers, frequent change of caregivers or excessive numbers of caregivers and/or lack of caregiver responsiveness to child’s emotional and dependency needs. The term attachment disorder is most often used to describe emotional and behavioral problems of young children, but is sometimes applied to school-age children or even to adults. To learn more about Kinship Center's comprehensive children’s mental health services, click here.
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