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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Adoption-Psychological aspects, Adopted children-Psychology, Separation (Psychology), Attachment behavior in children, Psychic trauma in children-Treatment, Adoption, Dissolution, Attachment theory, Neurosequential model of therapeutic, Theoretical


This theoretical investigation of adoption dissolution integrates psychodynamic theory and the neurodevelopmental impact of trauma into clinical practice with children. After providing an in depth review of available literature on adoption dissolution, the focus will shift to the chosen theories. The two theory chapters within this research utilize attachment theory as the core psychodynamic theory and the neurosequential model of therapeutics to provide a neurodevelopmental perspective and treatment interventions as related to dissolutioned adoptions. A discussion chapter will critique the chosen theories and integrate the research into practice by utilizing a case study, and lastly provide recommendations for individual therapy with children and child welfare policy.




iii, 68 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 64-68)