Can Family Disruption Effect a Childs Attachment?

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Abstract The point of my research was to find out if family disruption could have an affect on a child’s attachment. Human attachment consists of one person providing another with a safe haven when distressed and a secure base from which to explore (Myers, 189). In my research I found that this safe, secure haven could be affected by different forms of disruption like divorce, being moved between families in the foster care system, and death. Main Body Behavioral reactions tend to depend on the age of a child when the divorce occurs. In a controversial study of divorced families, Blakeslee & Wallerstein (1989) state that most children have the same initial feelings. "When their family breaks up, children feel vulnerable, for they fear that their lifeline is in danger of being cut". Early on, children develop a sense of how relationships are formed and how they are maintained by watching their parents. Sometimes divorce can have a positive affect on a child if what they are observing from their parents is fighting and abuse while they are together. As a result of their parents divorcing, most people have a stronger desire to fix what their own parents could not in their own adult lives. They wanted to have stable families and relationships. Children will also grow up to have serious reservations about their own relationships. "They fear betrayal. They fear abandonment. They fear loss. They draw an inescapable conclusion: Relationships have a high likelihood of being untrustworthy; betrayal and infidelity are probable" (Blakeslee & Wallerstein, 1989) Being a child in the foster care system can also have lasting affects on children. When children are placed in foster care, if the care that is given to them is inconsistent, or not enough care and attention is given, children become more insecurely attached, and develop abnormal attachment

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