Beatitude House: Attachment Therapy with a Christian Perspective
Attachment is the enduring emotional connection between caregivers and child, characterized by the development of trust, security and the desire for closeness, particularly when the child is under stress. In most cases, parents who adopt infants must provide a context in which attachment is learned. Parents who adopt toddlers or older children, especially with a history of separations and loss, must help them overcome attachment fears and disorders.
Varying degrees of disruption can create difficulties represented in a continuum from attachment issues to attachment disorder. Emotional temperament, developmental stage, and severity of trauma are all factors when accessing how a child or adult has been impacted.
When a child's attachment is disrupted or compromised early in life, they are at high risk for developing attachment disorder. The following is a partial list of causes: