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A Public Health Concern

Approximately 2% of the population is adopted and it’s been said that up to 80% of such children have attachment disorder symptoms. These children often have long histories of maltreatment, such as psychological neglect, phsyical abuse, and sexual abuse. These children have likely developed Reactive Attachment Disorder.

That’s a whole lot of children out there who are unable to accept love from their own parents.

But not accepting love is just the tip of the iceberg with Reactive Attachment Disorder (known as RAD). The real problem is what happens because of that lack of love.

Many of these children are violent and aggressive throughout childhood. They create havoc within their homes. They have continual academic and behavioral problems through school. As adults these children are at risk of developing a variety of psychological problems and personality disorders, including antisocial personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and psychopathic personality disorder.

But that is not all. Children who have histories of abuse or neglect are at significant risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as adults. The risk of anxiety disorder in adults doubles for those who have been traumatized by sexual abuse as children. Their risk is more than 3 times higher than average of developing major depressive disorders. They abuse alcohol 2.5 times more often, and abuse drugs over 3.8 times the average of their non-abused peers.

This is what non-treated RAD kids have to look forward to. As if what they’ve gone through already is not bad enough.

Effective treatment of such children is a public health concern.

(Information borrowed from Arthur Beckman-Weidman, Ph.D. in a research article entitled Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.)


March 10, 2006 - Posted by | RAD Education

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