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The lived experiences of adoptive parents and the Nurturing Attachments group

31 January 2018

A new study into the lived experiences of adoptive parents and the ‘Nurturing Attachments’ group has been published.

‘A qualitative exploration of the experiences of adoptive parents attending ‘Nurturing Attachments’, a dyadic developmental psychotherapy informed group’ is authored by Olivia Hewitt, Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training, Ben Gurney-Smith, Adoptionplus, and Kim Golding, Kim S Golding Ltd., and has been made available by SAGE OnlineFirst before publication in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Nurturing Attachments Training Resource © Kim Golding, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Nurturing Attachments Training Resource

Based on DDP principles, ‘Nurturing Attachments’ is a group intervention for adoptive and foster parents developed by Kim Golding.

The study looked at the experiences of eight adoptive parents who attended ‘Nurturing Attachments’. After using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, five overriding themes were found;

  1. A supportive group
  2. A shift in perspective
  3. ‘Turning trauma into secure attachment’
  4. ‘Am I doing it right?’
  5. Continuing the adoption journey

The importance of trust between participants and facilitators was also emphasised, similar to that experienced during individual DDP sessions.

The first published study of its kind, there is also scope for further investigations and evaluations into ‘these approaches and how these interventions may have a role in supporting adoptive families’ (Hewitt et al., 2018, p.10).

The article abstract, details and download link can be found in the DDP Library;

A qualitative exploration of the experiences of adoptive parents attending ‘Nurturing Attachments’


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