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Abandonment has a number of senses and is usually used within psychology in the context of humans.
Infant abandonment[edit | edit source]
The abandoning of children at birth is a widespread issue.
Child abandonment[edit | edit source]
Child abandonment is the practice of relinquishing interests and claims over one's offspring with the intent of never again resuming or reasserting them. Causes include many social and cultural factors as well as mental illness. An abandoned child is called a foundling (as opposed to a runaway or an orphan).
Abandonment in adulthood[edit | edit source]
Abandonment in old age[edit | edit source]
Animal studes[edit | edit source]
Abandonment of young is not unusual in many animal populations and the consequences for the vulnerable offspring can be significant.
- Main article: Abandonment in animal populations
See also[edit | edit source]
- Attachment behaviour
- Child abuse
- Child neglect
- Dependency (personality)
- Emotional states
- Relationship termination
- Separation anxiety
- Separation reactions
References & Bibliography[edit | edit source]
Key texts[edit | edit source]
Books[edit | edit source]
- Barnett, J. E., MacGlashan, S. G., & Clarke, A. J. (2000). Risk management and ethical issues regarding termination and abandonment. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.
- Fujimura, C. K. (2005). Russia's abandoned children: An intimate understanding. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group.
- Granot, T. (2005). Without you: Children and Young People Growing Up with Loss and its Effects. London, England: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
- Samuels, S. C. (1996). Treatment of foster children: Working through the loss to facilitate attachment. Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson.
- Steger, G. S. (1999). No-body's baby: A psychoanalytic creation story. Mahwah, NJ: Analytic Press.
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- Misencik, S. G. (2002). The relationship between perceptions of maternal abandonment and engulfment and clinging and distancing defenses in women with borderline personality disorder. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
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- No authorship, i. (1933). Review of 660 runaway boys: Why boys desert their homes: Journal of Applied Psychology Vol 17(6) Dec 1933, 775.
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Dissertations[edit | edit source]
- Barron-Gilbert, D. J. (2000). A definitional analysis of self-abandonment. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Broadnax, J. H. (1999). Relationships of Adlerian lifestyle to career interests of high school students. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Diller, S. E. (2004). A phenomenological and heuristic study of the experience of losing one's entire family by death or abandonment by midlife. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Gill, W. J. (2002). Stress and coping experiences of women in transition: From welfare to work. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Harpaz, N. (1996). The fear of abandonment and the fear of engulfment of the psychotherapist: Manifestation in the psychotherapist's professional life clinical work with patients. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Harris, M. (2006). Review of Assembling My Father: A Daughter's Detective Story: Psychiatric Services Vol 57(4) Apr 2006, 583.
- Haruzivishe, C. O. (2000). A comparison of the characteristics of Zimbabwean women who abandon children and those who do not. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Hazen, J. (2006). Intergenerational transmission of attachment disorder: A case study of mother and child. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Henneberger, S. C. B. (1995). Figuring the paradox: Dialogic identities in "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte, "Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys, and "Beloved" by Toni Morrison. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Ippoliti, P. J. (1996). Differential cue reactivity to alcohol-related visual stimuli based on dimensions of alcohol use and positive outcome expectancies. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Johnson, C. E. (1999). Issue complexity in academic health centers. (formal change, problem solving). Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Kinkel, C. (2005). Forsaken by God/the experience of abandonment: Perspectives on a phenomenon from depth psychology. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Landsburg, S. L. N. (1999). Development of an instrument to assess feelings of abandonment in adopted adolescents. (adoption, anger, grief). Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Li, M. (2002). Differential involvement of the nucleus accumbens shell and core subregions in maternal performance and maternal memory in female rats. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Maker, V. B. (1996). A critical hermeneutic exploration of adoption, trauma of separation and abandonment, and subsequent adjustment. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences.
- McCormick, L. J. (1997). A study of the dreams of AIDS hospice volunteers. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- McNeely-Jimenez, M. P. (1999). Abandonment issues in an elderly Cuban immigrant: A case study. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Medway, J. G. (1997). Adult female survivors of father abandonment: The Daughter Aguna Syndrome. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Purvis, K. B. (2004). Correlates of behavioral change in a sample of at-risk adopted children: A preliminary study. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
- Rae-Espinoza, H. (2007). Devoted abandonment: The children left behind by parental emigration in Ecuador. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences.