Reactive Attachment Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Attachment Disorder Research, Childhood Disorder Research, Disinhibited Attachment Disorder Research, Abnormal Emotional Attachment Research, Inhibited Attachment Disorder Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Reactive Attachment Disorder Related Research


A research study was conducted by the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center which aims to determine the effectiveness of corrective attachment therapy, which involves the combination of cognitive, emotional, and family system therapy with parenting skills training. Analysis was conducted using the pre and post symptom checklist score to measure the improvement of the child based on the 6 categories of symptoms: emotion, cognition, physical, behaviors, and relationships, spiritual and moral. The study showed that children are able to improve more when they experience fewer moves in the foster care system, if they were not adopted as a sibling; they have fewer pre-therapy diagnoses, are not taking psychotropic mediation during the therapy and has an adoptive mother with secure attachment history.

This research showed that corrective attachment therapy can help children with maltreatment histories and with compromised attachment. It further confirms that the child’s placements in foster homes can be damaging to the child, which can be contribute to the difficulty in treatment. Their research also illustrates the effect of medication which can sometimes interfere with treatment. 9


The University of Virginia School of Nursing and Virginia Treatment Center for Children conducted a research on attachment theory and reactive attachment disorder (RAD) in order to determine the current perspectives on the attachment theory and RAD as well as the treatment implication. The study involves an 8 year old patient diagnosed with RAD. The conclusion of the research study resulted in finding that there is substantial importance of an early attachment relationship in the human development of a child. There is a correlation between the future personality and brain development with the quality of the early attachment relationship. The attachment disturbances are highly associated with the psychopathology in adulthood and childhood. There is limited evidence as to the effective treatment of the disorder, but two major perspectives provide guidelines for practice; namely the neuropsychoanalysis and developmental psychology. 10

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Related Conditions

Antisocial Personality Disorder - Deceitful, Manipulative, Sociopath, Psychopaths
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Impulsiveness, Hyperactivity, Inattention
Autism – Impaired Social Interaction, Restricted Behavior, Less attachment Security, Social Deviance
Mental Retardation – Idiot, Imbecile, Moron, Memory Deficit, Difficulty in Social Skills and Problem Solving, Delayed Language Development
Oppositional Defiant Disorder – Defiant, Hostile, Disobedient, Conduct Disorder
Selective Mutism – Inability to Express Oneself in Words, Normal Speech but Unable to Speak
Separation Anxiety Disorder – Excessive Anxiety from Being Separated from People with Strong Attachment, Persistent Worry, Recurring Distress
Social Anxiety Disorder – Anxiety, Social Phobia, Phobia, Impaired Socialization, Excessive Worry, Distressed Behavior