L’allevamento del bambino disabile: turbe dell’attaccamento e tratti disarmonici della personalità - The attachment theory could be a useful framework for the understanding of the emotional disturbances in disabled children. Correlation between child development phase and mother’s functioning in response to child’s attachment needs after the severe distress generated in parents by a severe diagnosis can explain the development of functional defences in the child. These defences explain the frequency of disturbed traits in the little patients’ personalities. The most suitable attitude which the treating team should hold and purpose is highlighted, since the team has to share with the parents the difficulties of rearing the sick child.
Keywords: Disability, family, attachment, personality, treating team, psychotherapy