grandfamilies, trauma, attachment, family therapy
Population estimates indicate that approximately 1.5 million children are in grandparent-headed households without any parents present. This type of grandfamily is often created when biological parents are unable or unwilling to care for their children. Trauma is often experienced as a precursor to, or a consequence of, the biological parents' inability or unwillingness to care for their children. The well-being of both grandparent and grandchild may be affected in grandfamilies. A treatment model is presented that integrates trauma, attachment, and family systems theories and proposes that healing is facilitated through the emerging attachment between the grandparent and grandchild.
Original Publication Citation
*Strong, D. D., Bean, R. A., Feinauer, L. (2010). Trauma, attachment, and family therapy with Grandfamilies: A model for treatment. Child and Youth Services Review, 32, 44-50.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Strong, Deena D.; Bean, Roy A.; and Feinauer, Leslie L., "Trauma, attachment, and family therapy with grandfamilies: A model for treatment" (2009). Faculty Publications. 5056.
Children and Youth Services Review
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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