Understanding and promoting attachment

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2009 Aug;47(8):23-7. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20090706-04.


Interest in early relationships has led to increased use of terms such as attachment disorder, attachment problems, and attachment therapy when describing behavioral/emotional regulation in young children. Unfortunately, such terms are vague and lead to clinical confusion and diagnostic inaccuracies. This article will introduce attachment theory, with a discussion of reactive attachment disorder and implications for treatment of children who have problems with social-emotional development.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adoption / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cocaine / adverse effects
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects / psychology
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder / etiology
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder / psychology
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder / therapy*


  • Cocaine