Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 475-481

First online:

Family Unification with Reactive Attachment Disorder Children: A Brief Treatment

  • Raymond J. TaylorAffiliated withNew Mexico Jr. College

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This is a case study of a family with a child (age eight) with reactive attachment disorder and the subsequent individual and family therapy. Treatment of choice for the child was Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and supportive educational counseling for the parents and family. Qualitative evaluation of the process demonstrated that the parents observed an instant change in the child's attitude. The child reported that she felt better about family, school, and truthfulness, and stated about the therapy: “It opened a window for me.” A 12-month evaluation demonstrated continued positive effects.

anxiety children family attachment disorder EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)