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ABSTRACT This paper explores issues related to the lack of establishing an infant bond during the critical stage of child development The paper focuses how the lack of proper bonding may result in ongoing emotional social developmental and behavioral problems It briefly discusses the diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder and techniques useful in treatment children diagnosed with attachment disorders The topic discussed is largely related to a personal case study Attachment 3 Attachment Disorders As the twig is bent so the trees inclined Chinese proverb I have always felt strongly that the environment in which a child is raised during the first few years of life can leave scars that last a lifetime This opinion results from my own childhood in a dysfunctional family from observing those who had things worse than I did and from observing children who were adopted into loving families after two or more years of age My limited knowledge of the field of psychology backs this opinion Erikson has concluded that childhood is the scene of mans beginning as man the place where our particular virtues and vices slowly but clearly develop and make themselves felt He has further explained that babyhood is a time of basic trust the individual learns to view the world as safe reliable and nurturing or a time of basic distrust- the individual learns to view the world as full of threat unpredictability and treachery Which the child will learn Erikson explained will depend on how parents gratify the childs needs for food attention and love Once learned these attitudes will color the individuals perceptions and people throughout life Hurlock p 25 Observing families who had adopted children over two years of age I began to wonder if the scars of mistreatment in infancy could ever effectively be overcome I have observed results ranging from emotional
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