Reactive Attachment Disorder

A Case-Based Approach

  • Daniel F. Shreeve

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Child Development book sub series (BRIEFSCD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Daniel F. Shreeve
    Pages 1-9
  3. Daniel F. Shreeve
    Pages 11-33
  4. Daniel F. Shreeve
    Pages 35-55
  5. Daniel F. Shreeve
    Pages 57-61
  6. Daniel F. Shreeve
    Pages 63-67
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 69-85

About this book


A child’s close bond with mother, father, or guardian usually provides a foundation for trust in all future attachments. Children deprived of early and healthy dependency—who do not form normal attachment with their caregivers—may later suffer from Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). This childhood disorder is characterized by a general failure in social relationships resulting from pathogenic care.

Although first included in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-III) in 1980, RAD is one of the more uncommon and understudied forms of psychopathology. Reactive Attachment Disorder: A Case-Based Approach adds to a now growing research base, providing scholars and clinicians with a well-rounded analysis of RAD and suggested treatments. The case-based approach used in this Brief follows the representative case of “Jorge,” presented as unfolding over time and structured to illustrate challenges of diagnosis, to show examples of co-morbidity, and to provoke reflection on what questions may arise during treatment. Readers are asked to appraise the overlap with other clinical syndromes, the forms of psychotherapy which may apply, and the potential role of psychiatric medications as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.


Alexithymia Anaclitic depression Attachment Attachment behavior Avoidant attachment Child-Parent Therapy Circle of Security Model Complex Trauma Disorder Developmental Trauma Disorder Disorganized attachment Facilitated gesture False Belief Test Fetal programming Indiscriminate friendliness Insecure attachment Inter-subjectivity Interactive synchrony Joint attention Limbic pathways Object constancy Parental investment Ports of entry Proximity-Seeking Pseudomaturity Rapprochement Scaffolding Secure attachment Separation-Individuation Substituted gesture Temperament Theory of Mind Theraplay Time-In

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel F. Shreeve
    • 1
  1. 1.The Carilion ClinicRoanokeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1646-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1647-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8371
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