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Insecure attachment behavior in children


Competences to be exercised:

•   Recognizing insecure avoidant attachment behaviour in children
•   Recognizing insecure ambivalent attachment behaviour in children
•   Recognizing insecure disorganized attachment behaviour in children
•   Knowing how to handle these attachment patterns in a professional way


Theme of the session

In this session, you will work with how to observe and recognize early attachment problems and how placed children sometimes develop insecure attachment patterns. These can change if the children experience secure caregiver behaviour for a longer period. You will be provided with suggestions to how you can work with children who have insecure attachment patterns.

Aims of the session:

Children placed outside home, have often been exposed to many early traumas: premature birth and low birth weight, which can influence the child’s development, lack of secure care from parents, and/or many shifts in primary caregivers. These factors may cause the development of insecure attachment patterns in placed children to a far higher degree than what is average in society. Insecure attachment patterns are stressful for the way the children engage in social relations and for the way they cope with problems in general. As professionals, you should know the patterns and how to support the development of a positive and secure attachment in the children.

Please use 15 minutes (or as much time as needed) for summing up what you worked with between the last session and this one:

• Did we succeed in doing what we planned?
• What was easy to do and what was difficult?
• What did we learn from doing what was planned?
• What can we do better next time you work between sessions?

Please remember: it is okay if you experienced problems – this is a new way of working, and it takes some exercise and experimenting before it becomes routine.