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Are attachment problems a sign of child abuse?
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Often not
Although child abuse certainly can lead to attachment problems, most children with attachment issues were not abused.
Most commonly, it results from a mismatch of child needs and parenting style. Other contributing factors can be adoption or parent illness or death when children are very young.

In brief: Often not
Although child abuse certainly can lead to attachment problems, most children with attachment issues were not abused.
Most commonly, it results from a mismatch of child needs and parenting style. Other contributing factors can be adoption or parent illness or death when children are very young.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Kerry Ragain
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Not Necessarily
Attachment problems can arise from a wide range of innate predispositions in the child interacting with relationship factors stemming from the environment.
For example, a child who is genetically loaded mental illness, being raised by a mother struggling with severe depression during the child's early development, can potentially give rise to attachment difficulties.

In brief: Not Necessarily
Attachment problems can arise from a wide range of innate predispositions in the child interacting with relationship factors stemming from the environment.
For example, a child who is genetically loaded mental illness, being raised by a mother struggling with severe depression during the child's early development, can potentially give rise to attachment difficulties.
Dr. Kerry Ragain
Dr. Kerry Ragain
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