Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 85–97

Building a Secure Base: Treatment of a Child with Disorganized Attachment

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10615-007-0097-1

Cite this article as:
Zilberstein, K. & Messer, E.A. Clin Soc Work J (2010) 38: 85. doi:10.1007/s10615-007-0097-1


Treatment strategies for children with disorganized attachments are not well established. This population exhibits a large array of difficulties in social relationships and self-regulation, as well as numerous other co-morbid conditions. As such, treatment of children with attachment problems is complex and requires a multi-faceted approach. This paper explores current research and theories about disorganized attachment and then examines how that research helped shape the treatment of an 8 year-old boy.


Disorganized attachment Self-regulation Reactive attachment disorder Child treatment Parent-child therapy 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Cutchins Children’s ClinicNorthamptonUSA

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