A proposal for a brief-term post-adoption intervention in the attachment-perspective: a single case study with a late-adopted child and his adoptive mother

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Cecilia Serena Pace *
Ester D'Onofrio
Viviana Guerriero
Giulio Cesare Zavattini
(*) Corresponding Author:
Cecilia Serena Pace | cecilia.pace@unige.it


A growing body of attachment literature has focused on bridging the gap between research and clinical applications, even in clinical work with adoptive families. A brief-term clinical intervention focused on a multi-method assessment of attachment relationships and representations was performed in the first year after placement. This single case study aimed at analysing the attachment outcomes, through a long-term follow-up, both for the adoptive mother and her late-adopted son. We assumed that this five-session attachmentoriented intervention could help the mother enhance her sensitivity skills and her ability to understand both her own past attachment experiences and her child’s insecure attachment as a consequence of the failures of his previous experiences of care, supporting her sixyear old child in acquiring a positive image of himself and of others and the security of the caregiver’s availability up to adolescence.

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