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New RAD Question
Hi all! I’m writing a post about the new question parents are asking: “What is the attachment style between myself and my child?” RAD is becoming an outdated way to understand adopted kids and now parents are learning how to identify attachment styles.
There are four styles: Secure, Ambivalent, Avoidant, and Disorganized. A brief synopsis:
Secure is healthy. The child has had consistent, loving care and seeks out the caregiver when she is scared, hurt, or separated from the parent. In the Ambivalent style, the caregiver has been adequate at times but also emotionally unavailable. The child is clingy and unable to be soothed when upset. The Avoidant interaction, the child has had a neglectful caregiver and is dismissive with the parent and acts as though they are not hurt or scared. Lastly, in the Disorganized relationship the child has been both frightened and comforted by the caregiver and isn’t sure how to get their needs met.
What do you see in your child’s significant relationships?
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