An Attachment-Based Parenting Program For Caregivers of Severely Conduct-Disordered Adolescents:
Keywords:attachment, conduct disorder, aggression, intervention
AbstractSecurity of attachment is associated with healthy adjustment and successful transition to autonomy during adolescence. This paper reports on findings on an attachment-focused parenting group developed to enhance security in the relationships of parents (or other caregivers) with their severely conduct-disordered adolescents. This brief psycho-educational program focused on promoting enhanced parental-reflective capacity, attunement, and empathy. Preliminary findings show significant reductions in parental reports of externalizing and total behaviour problems, and high parental acceptance of the intervention. Limitations and future directions are discussed.
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