A CASE STUDY OF ATTACHMENT DISORDER
T.J. was born to a mother who was neglectful of her children and a father who was unavailable to the family. The parents both were on drugs and abused alcohol. The family was poor and when the father moved out of the household, the mother moved the children frequently to different dwellings when she couldn’t pay the rent. Her mother was involved in prostitution. T.J. and the other children were left by themselves frequently while she went to local bars. Men frequented the home and it had been documented in the case permanency record that T.J. and the other children witnessed their mother having sex with these various men. T.J. has a half-brother who was 7 years older than her and an older half-sister. It had been alleged that her half-brother, before her removal from the home at the age of three years old, had sexually molested T.J. Her mother left the children with a sitter and never came back to get them. After 2 weeks, the sitter located the father and told him to come get his daughter or she would turn her over to DHS. He came and got her but he turned her over to his sister, Jan since he had no permanent residence. Eventually T.J. was adopted by Jan and her husband, Ned (nam
The mother, Mary, had been back in contact with T. No one wanted to take on responsibility for his or her own actions. She went through therapy to address the sexual abuse she had endured. The challenge is to instill trust, empathy, cooperation, and conscience, qualities essential for successful living in a family and community. Jan felt she had to intervene and bring her back to Iowa. Jan says she has been very manipulative, argumentative and defiant, notably from the time she was 12 years old. She says the chiropractor thinks she may require back surgery. She also believes her daughter partakes in marijuana and alcohol at the age of 17. Behaviors escalated to the point Jan decided to let her stay with her biological mother when she was fifteen years old. " When asked about any strange eating habits, Jan state that at one time T. A positive and realistic sense of self and self in relation to the world is also emphasized. She is still very close with her boyfriend and his family, but has been calling Jan on a daily basis since she moved out.