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1. A psychiatric disorder of children characterized by lack of emotional responsiveness especially to caregivers and by frequent negative emotions such as fear and sadness, caused by emotional neglect or other conditions preventing formation of secure attachment to a caregiver early in life. Also called reactive attachment disorder.
2. Any of various other disorders characterized by difficulty forming healthy attachments.
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attachment disorderA condition in which a child has difficulty forming loving, lasting, intimate relationships and characterised by psychologic and physical distancing from adults.
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attachment disorderChild psychiatry A condition characterized by difficulty in forming loving, lasting, intimate relationships Social medicine A condition characterized by psychologic and physical distancing from adults
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