Parent Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

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In the realm of treatment options for RAD, there are a few emerging therapies that have shown some success. While there are not many treatment options developed especially for RAD, many treatments were developed for similar disorders. Treatments focused on attachment and relationships help those with RAD and their families as well. One of these treatment options are dyadic developmental therapy (Steinhart, Scott, & Barfield, 2012). This treatment options helps to recreate the relationship and regulation process that is seen in a healthy infant-parent relationship (Steinhart et al., 2012). This process can involve a parent or child reliving a traumatic experiencing, but learning to process it psychologically in a more stable way. The parent…show more content…
When attachment is formed with a loving caregiver or parent who is able to provide support, love, and guidance along with the basic human needs, attachment can be reinforced and healthy (VBH). Educating children and parents-to-be of consequences of ineffective parenting might reduce the incidence of RAD in children (Lehman & Jegtvig, 2004). Children with RAD are not completely lost with their ability to form attachments, those who have been diagnosed and seek treatment early with hopeful learn to be able to recognize and manage their behaviors and feeling as well as creating healthy relationship in their future. It is important to first get the child in a safe house with caregivers who genuinely care about them and are willing to work on developing positive interactions with the child. By using treatment methods like dyadic developmental therapy, integrative play therapy, and parent skills training are all credible techniques to help build trust and attachment. These therapy treatments aim and encourage caregivers to provide a consistent and stable attachment with the child while providing a positive and stimulating interactive…show more content…
One of the biggest changes between the DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 is that the two subtypes have been developed into their own, distinct disorders. Reactive Attachment Disorder is similar to the Inhibited Type subtype, while Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder is similar to Disinhibited Type (APA, 2013). Reactive Attachment Disorder focuses more on depressive symptoms and internalizing behavior, while Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder focuses on disinhibited and externalizing behaviors (APA, 2013). Both disorders require social neglect as a diagnostic requirement (APA,
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