Playing Maternal Deprivation - Professor Sir Michael Rutter

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October 2008

Professor Sir Michael Rutter is professor of developmental psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London. He was consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital from 1966 to 1998, and professor of child psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry from 1973 to 1998. He set up the Medical Research Council Child Psychiatry Research Unit in 1984 and the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre ten years later, being honorary director of both until October 1998.

His research has included the genetics of autism, study of both school and environmental influences on children's behavior; he also has a special interest in the interplay between genetic and psychosocial risk factors. He has led a major study into the effect of early severe deprivation on Romanian orphans adopted into Britain; this is now entering a third phase in which the subjects are followed up at age 15. He has published nearly forty books and over four hundred chapters and journal articles. He was deputy chairman of the Wellcome Trust from 1999 to 2004.


Forming positive attachments, that will last

This is a very interesting video in the sense that it discusses a child's ability to form more than one attachment, and how separation and deprivation affects a child's ability to adapt to several different types of relationships.

I know I tend to look at adoption issues from a completely different perspective, so I'm going to throw an idea out, and see how/where it goes.

When it comes to adoption issues, it seems like most AP's (and therapists) blame poor attachment/bonding on a child's past... implying first parents/abuse have caused all sorts of problems only the AP can undo, forgetting some APs make no real attempt to earn a child's appreciation or love.  [Many will use bullying/punishment as a way to "earn" a child's respect and good behavior.]

How many adoptees had to endure Conditional APs; AP's who would love and care about that child's needs only if that child's condition was good, "happy", (well-behaved) and compliant?

How many APs are likely to bond to the seemingly "non-complaint" child?  [How likely is the "unhappy" AP going to seek an end in the adoptive relationship (seek disruption) if the child is not easy and agreeable?  How does this rate of disruption compare to the rate of those APs who accept difficulty in parenting the traumatized adopted child  - the child with many special needs?]

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