Rita  Battat  Silverman

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The term replacement child is conceptual rather than literal. It is not meant to describe one child taking another's place (or suggest that anyone is ever "replaceable" ), but rather describes an actual psychological/emotional syndrome. Children born or adopted after a loss are not automatically replacement children and should not be referred to as such.The term, replacement child, describes the experience of an individual caught up in a complex family dynamic when trauma from a loss keeps parents ( or a parent), from moving forward . The results can manifest in the lives of subsequent children or in an older child whose life is redirected because of the loss. It is the experience of a child living in the shadow of a loss, including an emotional loss or loss of a pregnancy.


2016 IPPY Bronze Medal Award in Psychology/Mental Health

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