By 1995, Michael Rutter, one of the most important figures in the modernization of attachment theory, had marked a number of changes in the way the theory was developing. He ruled out monotropy (the exclusive attachment to the mother), as all the evidence was that toddlers usually have multiple attachments. Writing in the journal Child Development in 2002, Rutter referred to the overuse of the attachment concept as “evangelism”, and said “[It] is clear that parental loss or separation carries quite mild risks unless the loss leads to impaired parenting or other forms of family adaptation.” Presumably Childress would claim that lack of contact with one parent, as desired by the child, would be “family maladaptation”, but this claim cannot be derived from Bowlby (unless it’s the mother who is missing!) or from the more recent version of attachment theory as discussed by Rutter.
Are you looking for help with your alienated child? Are you a “targeted” or “pathogenic” parent? Have you heard of ‘Reunification Therapy’?
There is information in these links and pages that are crucial to the well-being of your child and your relationship with them. We hope we can help
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Criminal charges often disappear without a trace. There are few rules and fewer records. In these private hearings, who you are — and who you know — may be just as important as right and wrong.
We don’t know at what point there will be a regulatory agency step in to stop this damaging unregulated threat therapy. But we are working hard to expose this scam. The children are the ultimate victims. We hope you engage with us. We hope we may be able to save you and your children from one of these horrible people doing so much damage. To date we have not found ONE SINGLE successful case despite claims in court of over 142 “successful family reunifications”. Read more
Amanda’s ultimate dream was to have her own family after being isolated from her mum for years, who then took her own life. She felt having kids would fill that love she had always longed for – but she couldn’t have been more wrong.
When a child is resisting or refusing time with a parent/carer post-separation, there may be a number of causes for this. This guide describes the range of potential causes for the resistance and/or refusal, and supports exploration of the impact on the child of adult behaviours, including alienation. It also provides guidance on children’s wishes and feelings and making recommendations to court in these circumstances.
Our Advisers consider the intensity of the parental behaviours alongside the impact of these behaviours on the child.