The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child

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BAAF, 2009 - Adopted children - 186 pages
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Originally published in 1993, this classic piece of literature on adoption has revolutionised the way people think about adopted children. Nancy Verrier examines the life-long consequences of the primal wound' - the wound that is caused when a child is separated from its mother - for adopted people. Her argument is supported by thorough research in pre- and perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding and the effects of loss.'

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I guess the title is fine

User Review  - ginalouise -

This book was so stupid I thought. As an adoptee I thought it was sooooo untrue. It sounded to me like people using the fact that they are adopted as an excuse for their problems and bad behavior ... Read full review

The Mortal Wound

User Review  - motherodd -

I would recommend that every adoptive mother read this book early on after adopting a child and then when the adopted child is old enough to fully understand its contents they should read the book. I ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Verrier holds a master's degree in clinical psychology and is in private practice in Lafayette, CA.

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