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A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder, Second Edition

A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder, Second Edition

Colby Pearce


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Concise and easy-to-understand, this book provides an introduction to what attachment means and how to recognise attachment disorder in children.

Colby Pearce explains how complex problems in childhood may stem from the parent-child relationship during a child's early formative years, and later from the child's engagement with the broader social world. The book explores the mind-set of difficult and traumatised children and the motivations behind their complex tendencies and behaviours. It goes on to offer a comprehensive set of tried-and-tested practical strategies that can be used with children affected by an attachment disorder. This second edition has been updated to include the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Reactive Attachment Disorder and an increased number of illustrative case vignettes.

This is a perfect introduction to the subject for parents, carers and practitioners in supportive roles caring for children.

Colby Pearce is Principal Clinical Psychologist at Secure Start®, a private psychology practice based in Adelaide that provides psychology services to children, teens and families. He has extensive experience in the teaching and training of psychologists and other professionals, particularly in relation to insecure and attachment disordered children and the promotion of therapeutic care environments. He is also the author of A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children.
Although short, this revised edition remains for me a core text in supporting teachers' understanding of attachment, its importance and what happens when it goes wrong. Pearce makes this complex field highly accessible without losing any rigour; this book will be one of the most enlightening reads of your career.
Andy Bloor, Senior Lecturer in SEN and Disability Studies, University of Derby, UK
Practical, credible and evidenced based, this is a must read for all those working directly with troubled, challenging and unhappy children inside and outside the care system. Pearce explains the aetiology of different attachment disorders and provides workable strategies to support children consistently across their care, educational and therapeutic environments.
Lynne Peyton, Child Care Consultant, Author & Trainer, UK and Ireland
Colby Pearce provides answers. In a straightforward way, he defines and describes normal and disordered attachment. The first edition and my participation in Triple A training have added to my confidence and competence as a carer. This is a ' must read ' book for anyone involved with children. I am pleased to recommend it.
Margaret Quinn, Foster Carer

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder, Second Edition by Colby Pearce 3
Acknowledgements 6
A Short Introduction 9
Prologue: A Tale of Four Mice 13
Chapter 1 - Understanding Attachment and the Influence of Parental Care 15
What is attachment? 15
What are the origins of Attachment Theory? 16
How does attachment develop? 19
What does attachment look like? 21
What different types of attachment exist? 22
How does caregiving impact attachment? The CARE Model 25
Why is attachment important? 32
Chapter summary 36
Matthew’s story 38
Chapter 2 - A Short Introduction to Attachment Disorder 41
What is attachment disorder? 41
CARE and attachment 43
CARE and arousal 47
CARE and learning 54
Specific manifestations of deficits in CARE 57
What does attachment disorder look like? 58
When should a diagnosis of attachment disorder be considered? 63
Chapter summary 65
Matthew’s story continued 67
Chapter 3 - Care to Promote Attachment Security 70
The importance of promoting strong and secure attachment relationships 72
Back to basics – the CARE Model 74
Be all powerful, all understanding, all knowing! 111
Additional considerations 114
Chapter summary 115
Matthew’s story continued 116
Chapter 4 - Treating Attachment Insecurity and Disorder 120
Fundamental Requirements for Effective Treatment 120
Consistency 124
Accessibility 125
Responsiveness 126
Emotional connectedness 128
Other considerations 130
What do we call this approach to treatment? 131
Chapter summary 132
Matthew’s story continued 134
Postscript 138
Glossary of terms 141
About the author 145
Notes 147
Index 153