Keywords

grandfamilies, trauma, attachment, family therapy

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2009-07-05

Publisher

Children and Youth Services Review

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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