everyday examples are used to illustrate symptoms, theory and practice. If I have succeeded, the contents should not be difficult to understand, whereas working with the AD child in practice is a constant challenge to your convictions and responsibility. It is a guide trying to answer some of the common questions puzzling people working with children and juveniles suffering from Attachment Disorder: – Why is there an increasing number of AD children? – What are the causes of an AD development in children? – How does AD show in behavior and personality? – How do you practice treatment or therapy at different devel- ment stages during childhood? – What can you do to prevent an AD development, or to reduce the symptoms and consequences? – What happens to people, groups and organizations working with these children? – How do you develop and maintain your therapeutic attitude and the structure of treatment? First, let me give you a short introduction to the problem of AD in general. What is “attachment”? In brief, the theory of attachment was developed from 1950 and onwards by John Bowlby (1969, 1973, 1988). Bowlby suggested early attachment (0–3 years) as an inborn behavior program in primates and especially humans. Bowlby’s main idea was that the attachment behavioral system had evolved to increase the likelihood of the infant’s protection and survival.
Cross-scientific understanding of Attachment Disorder
A vast number of tools for diagnosis as well as practice
Comprehensible and interesting to the lay person as well the professional
General Introduction PART I: AD Development form conception to adulthood Chapter 1: Causes and symptoms Chapter 2: Stages in self-organization Chapter 3: Contact disruption before age 2 – symptoms of physical instability Chapter 4: Contact disruption and nervous system development Chapter 5: Abnormal sensory-motor development in the toddler Chapter 6: Arrested emotional personality development PART II: Therapy Chapter 7: How can you practice milieu therapy? Chapter 8: Milieu therapy during pregnancy, birth up to 3 Chapter 9: Milieu therapy for the preschool child Chapter 10: Milieu therapy for the school age child Chapter 11: Daily life in the family, the foster family or the institution Chapter 12: Milieu therapy for the juvenile Chapter 13: Attachment disorder, sexual behavior problems and sexual abuse PART III: Guidelines for organizing the therapeutic milieu Chapter 14: The personal development of the AD caretaker Chapter 15: Developing the professional AD team Chapter 16: Methods for the AD teamwork Post scriptum and acknowledgements Literature