Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Shepley, Robin Paul Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-11052001-122541 Title Children Diagnosed With Attachment Disorder: A Qualitative Study of the Parental Experience Degree Master of Science Department Human Development Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Rosen, Karen H. Committee Chair McCollum, Eric E. Committee Member Stith, Sandra M. Committee Member Keywords
- Attachment Disorder
- Parent's Experience
- Qualitative Study
Date of Defense 2001-07-26 Availability unrestricted AbstractChildren Diagnosed With Attachment Disorder:
A Qualitative Study of Parents Experiences
Robin Paul Shepley
Karen Rosen, Chairman
Parents of children who have been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) often face a challenging dilemma. They are faced with parenting children who often respond from an orientation of feeling unloved and mistrustful of their caregivers. The purpose of this study was to develop a detailed description of the story of four such parents. A multi-case qualitative design and constructivist and coping theoretical frameworks guided the investigation. The constant comparative method of analysis was used to develop three core categories that described the subtitles of parent's experiences. Parent's quotes were used to further embellish the findings.
The findings include parent's experiences in recognizing RAD behavior, their response to this behavior, and advice and recommendations they would share with others dealing with this diagnosis. Parents described their child's behavior, resources and methods they used to cope, and had both encouraging and critical reflections of their experiences.
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