The risk of developing reactive attachment disorder from serious social and emotional neglect or the lack of opportunity to develop stable attachments may increase in children who:

  • Live in a children's home or other institution
  • Frequently change foster homes or caregivers
  • Have inexperienced parents
  • Have prolonged separation from parents or other caregivers due to hospitalization
  • Have a mother with postpartum depression
  • Are part of an unusually large family, such that parental time is scarce or available unequally or rarely

However, most children who are severely neglected don't develop reactive attachment disorder.

July 10, 2014