Attachment Therapy on Trial: The Torture and Death of Candace Newmaker

Attachment Therapy on Trial: The Torture and Death of Candace Newmaker

by Jean Mercer, Larry Sarner, Linda Rosa
     
 

Candace Newmaker was an adopted girl whose mother felt the child suffered from an emotional disorder that prevented loving attachment. The mother sought attachment therapy—a fringe form of psychotherapy—for the child and was present at her death by suffocation during that therapy. This text examines the beliefs of the girl's mother and the unlicensed

Overview

Candace Newmaker was an adopted girl whose mother felt the child suffered from an emotional disorder that prevented loving attachment. The mother sought attachment therapy—a fringe form of psychotherapy—for the child and was present at her death by suffocation during that therapy. This text examines the beliefs of the girl's mother and the unlicensed therapists, showing that the death, though unintentional, was a logical outcome of this form of treatment.

The authors explain legal factors that make it difficult to ban attachment therapy, despite its significant dangers. Much of the text's material is drawn from court testimony from the therapists' trial, and from 11 hours of videotape made while Candace was forcibly held beneath a blanket by several adults during the therapy. This book also presents history connecting attachment therapy to century-old fringe treatments, explaining why they may appeal to an unsophisticated public. This book will appeal to general readers, such as parents and adoption educators, as well as to scholars and students in clinical psychology, child psychiatry, and social work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275976750
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2003
Series:
Child Psychology and Mental Health
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

JEAN MERCER is Professor of Psychology at Richard Stockton College. She is also currently President of the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health.

LARRY SARNER is an official with the American Association for the Humane Treatment of Children in Therapy, and a past Researcher with the National Council Against Health Fraud.

LINDA ROSA is a Researcher with the National Council Against Health Fraud.

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