Attachment problems caused by neglect during infancy and early childhood can affect a child's physical, behavioral, cognitive, and social functioning.
The Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children
Supports an international coalition of parents, professionals, and others working to increase awareness about attachment and its role in human development.
Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children: Consequences of Emotional Neglect in Childhood (PDF - 325 KB)
In Maltreated Children: Experience, Brain Development, and the Next Generation
Examines how child maltreatment affects bonding and attachment behaviors and experiments. Specific attention is given to the timing of development and its importance to healthy attachment.
Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development, and Intervention
Reviews attachment theory and the impact child abuse has on attachment. Sections 2 through 4 explain the relationships of the two with psychological development, mental health, and social behavior of children.
Child Maltreatment and Insecure Attachment: A Meta-analysis
Baer & Martinez
Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 24(3), 2006
Examines research to determine the relationship of insecure attachment with maltreated infants. Results showed that there is a relationship and the type of abuse does have a different impact.
Children With Attachment Issues : How They View the World
Paradigm, 10(4), 2007
Explains how feelings of attachment form in young children and lists possible influences on attachment difficulties. The article provides strategies for treating co-occurring disorders, educating families, and developing a plan to re-parent children with attachment issues.
Fear in Love: Attachment, Abuse, and the Developing Brain
Sullivan & Lasley (2010)
Describes the bond that develops between the child and caregiver early in life and the effects of abuse or neglect on that bond and the child's brain development.
The International Attachment Network
Disseminates and exchanges information about attachment theory and attachment-related studies.
Living on an Island: Consequences of Childhood Abuse, Attachment Disruption and Adversity in Later Life
Frederick & Goddard
Child and Family Social Work, 13(3), 2008
Reports on a study that found participants who experienced multiple adverse situations growing up, including child abuse, reported having unstable relationships and small social networks as adults.