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Attachment disorder


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Attachment disorder is a broad term intended to describe disorders of mood, behavior, and social relationships arising from a failure to form normal attachments to primary care giving figures in early childhood. Such a failure would result from unusual early experiences of neglect, abuse, abrupt separation from caregivers between 6 months and three years of age, frequent change or excessive numbers of caregivers, or lack of caregiver responsiveness to child communicative efforts resulting in a lack of basic trust. A person's attachment style is permanently established before the age of three. A problematic history of social relationships occurring after about age three may be distressing to a child, but does not result in attachment disorder.
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    • ''Attachment'' and ''attachment disorder'' 

    • Boris and Zeanah's typology 

    • Possible mechanisms 

    • Diagnosis 

    • Treatment 

    • Pseudoscientific diagnoses and treatment