While it is common for children with histories of developmental attachment trauma to display both caregiving and control behavior, it is the latter form — angry, manipulative, threatening, and coercive control — that is most typical of children who enter the mental health and child welfare systems.
Nurturing and dependable relationships are the building blocks of healthy childhood development. Secure attachments are basic to every aspect of a child’s wellbeing — mind, brain, emotions, relationships and morality. Wounded children — those who have experienced maltreatment, loss and disrupted attachments — are often defiant, angry, biologically disorganized and afraid to trust and love. […]
We have revised Attachment Trauma and Healing, originally published in 1998 by the Child Welfare League of America. This second edition is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Ltd., in England.