Reactive Attachment Disorder of Infancy or Early Childhood

Richters, Dr. Margot Moser and Volkmar, Dr. Fred R. (1994) Reactive Attachment Disorder of Infancy or Early Childhood. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Since its introduction into DSM-Ill, reactive attachment disorder has stood curiously apart from other diagnoses for two reasons: it remains the only diagnosis designed for infants, and it requires the presence of a specific etiology. This paper describes the pattern of disturbances demonstrated by some children who meet DSM-Ill-R criteria for reactive attachment disorder. Three suggestions are made: (1) the sensitivity and specificity of the diagnostic concept may be enhanced by including criteria detailing the developmental problems exhibited by these children; (2) the etiological requirement should be discarded given the difficulties inherent in obtaining complete histories for these children, as well as its inconsistency with ICD-10; and (3) the diagnosis arguably is not a disorder of attachment but rather a syndrome of atypical development. J.Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry,1994, 33, 3: 328-332. Key Words: reactive attachment disorder, maltreatment, DSM-Ill-R

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:reactive attachment disorder, maltreatment, DSM-III-R
Subjects:Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Psychology > Clinical Psychology
ID Code:3800
Deposited By: Richters, Dr. Margot L.
Deposited On:03 Sep 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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