The APSAC Advisor is a peer reviewed quarterly news journal for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.
The APSAC Advisor provides succinct, data-based, practice-oriented articles that keep interdisciplinary professionals
informed of the latest developments in policy and practice the field of child maltreatment. It is designed to highlight
best practices in the field and publish original articles and current information about child maltreatment for professionals
from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, law, law enforcement, social work, child protective services, psychology,
public health and prevention in the U.S.
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2002 Number 3
If there is one take-home message from this special issue on such an important topic, it is the following: The “attachment therapy” promulgated by the Attachment Center of Evergreen, Colorado, and its devotees is not derived from the attachment theory developed by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. In fact, this approach is counter to attachment theory along a number of critical dimensions.
Prescribed physical contact between parents and children, and between therapists and children, is not uncommon in mental health treatments. Parents are often asked to initiate affectionate physical contact with their problem children (sometimes contingent on the child’s positive behavior). It is also sometimes necessary for a parent or mental health specialist to escort a child physically to a time-out situation as part of a planned behavior program.
Over the past several years, increased attention has been paid to children who are alleged to have difficulties bonding and attaching to others. More specifically, there has been a surge in the use of reactive attachment disorder (RAD) as a diagnosis to describe a wide range of problem behaviors and disturbed interactions between infants or children and their caregivers.
The purpose of Journal Highlights is to alert readers to current literature on child abuse. Selected articles from journals representing the variety of disciplines reflected in APSAC's membership are presented in the form of an annotated bibliography.