Reactive attachment disorder is rare. However, there are no accurate statistics on how many babies and children have the condition. Reactive attachment disorder begins before age 5, usually starting in infancy.

Factors that may increase the chance of developing reactive attachment disorder include:

  • Living in an orphanage
  • Institutional care
  • Frequent changes in foster care or caregivers
  • Inexperienced parents
  • Extreme neglect
  • Prolonged hospitalization
  • Extreme poverty
  • Physical, sexual or emotional abuse
  • Forced removal from a neglectful or abusive home
  • Postpartum depression in the baby's mother
  • Parents who have a mental illness, anger management problems, or drug or alcohol abuse
Jul. 06, 2011