Welcome to Bonding and Attachment
in Maltreated Children. We're glad
you've decided to participate.
Before we begin, here are our course objectives:
Provide an overview of key principles of attachment and bonding critical for
Understand how healthy attachment is facilitated and maintained.
3. Discuss the various
ways that neglect and maltreatment influence attachment.
identify behaviors associated with attachment difficulties.
Discuss the role of caregivers in helping maltreated children and explore ways
to help this at-risk population.
The most important property of humankind is the
capacity to form and maintain
relationships. These relationships are
absolutely necessary for any of us to
survive, learn, work, love, and procreate.
Human relationships take many forms but the
most intense, most pleasurable, and most
painful are those relationships with family,
friends and loved ones. Within this inner
circle of intimate relationships, we are
bonded to each other with "emotional glue”
--bonded with love.
Each individual's ability to form and
maintain relationships using this "emotional
glue" is different. Some people seem
"naturally" capable of loving. They form
numerous intimate and caring relationships
and, in doing so, get pleasure. Others are
not so lucky. They feel no "pull" to form
intimate relationships, find little pleasure
in being with or close to others. They have
less emotional glue with family and few, if
any, friends. In extreme cases, an
individual may have no intact emotional bond
to any other person. They are
self-absorbed, aloof, or may even present
with classic neuropsychiatric signs of being
schizoid or autistic.
needs a child to teach, it's the way adults
- Frank A.