The effort to built relationships: attachment and emotional representations in an adoptive family

Author/s Donatella Cavanna, Patrizia Velotti, Daniela Danovaro, Francesca Magini
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2013/3 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 13-34 File size 687 KB
DOI 10.3280/MAL2013-003002
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This paper proposes a discussion on the possible outcomes of the adoption, considering the pre-adoptive history of a child and the quality of parenting. The discussion of a single case through the qualitative analysis of the tools used to assess state of mind with respect to attachment relationships became an opportunity for a debate about the "special needs" that often characterize adopted children. Also, the encounter of these special needs with those of the new parental couple and their own specific educational tasks.

Keywords: Attachment, adoption, parenting, emotional representations.

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