New Families, Old Scripts: A Guide to the Language of Trauma and Attachment in Adoptive Families

New Families, Old Scripts: A Guide to the Language of Trauma and Attachment in Adoptive Families

New Families, Old Scripts: A Guide to the Language of Trauma and Attachment in Adoptive Families

New Families, Old Scripts: A Guide to the Language of Trauma and Attachment in Adoptive Families

Synopsis

"This is an invaluable guide to understanding the troubling behaviour of many adopted children: exploring the lasting effects of early maltreatment, separations and losses on children's development and on subsequent family, school and peer interactions. Rooted in the personal and professional experience of the authors it offers a wealth of practical guidance and information in an A-Z 'alphabet of issues' that is easily accessible for families and the practitioners who work with them. The authors also explore the theoretical background to trauma, encouraging a deeper appreciation of the complex relationship between trauma, attachment and development. Case study families are used to highlight challenges adoptive parents are likely to encounter, such as dealing with anger and aggression, understanding sibling issues, managing sexualised behaviour or living with a child who is 'too good'. Detailed explanatory letters addressed to individual families present the material in sensitive, jargon-free ways to help parents make sense of, translate and transform their children's puzzling behavioural communications: 'the language of trauma' learned in their birth families." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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