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Prax Kinderpsychol Kinderpsychiatr. 2015;64(10):793-815. doi: 10.13109/prkk.2015.64.10.793.

[Attachment and Adoption: Diagnostics, Psychopathology, and Therapy].

[Article in German]

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Leiter Abteilung Pädiatrische Psychosomatik und PsychotherapieDr. von Haunersches Kinderspital Klinikum der Universität München, Pettenkoferstr 8a, 80336 München;


This presentation describes the development of attachment between adopted children and their adoptive parents with a focus on the particular issues seen in international adoptions. The questions of settling in, trauma in the country of origin, and the motivations of the adoptive parents will be discussed. Diagnosis and various psychopathological manifestations will be examined, as will outpatient and inpatient modes of therapy. The treatment of children of various ages will be covered along with the necessity for intensive counseling and psychotherapy for the adoptive parents. This will enable the parents to work through early trauma, which will give them and their adopted child the basis for developing healthy attachment patterns. This in turn will enable the child to mature and integrate into society. Possibilities of prevention are discussed. Many of the approaches discussed here regarding attachment and adoption may be applied to foster children and their foster parents.


Adoption; Bindung; Diagnostik; Psychopathologie; Therapie; adoption; attachment; diagnosis; psychopathology; therapy

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