Family Separation Can Do Long-Term Damage To Children’s Mental Health, Experts Say

Children who are separated from their parents can develop attachment issues, or they may lash out or stop speaking.

By Syeda HasanJune 21, 2018 9:32 am| , , ,

From KUT:

President Donald Trump signed an order Wednesday to stop family separations at the southern border, but experts say the more than 2,000 children who have already been separated could face major mental health problems.

Luis Zayas, dean of the School of Social Work at UT Austin, has researched the impacts of family separation on U.S. citizens whose parents have been deported, as well as migrant mothers and their children being held in detention. Over the years, Zayas says, he has seen children develop attachment issues, lash out and even go selectively mute after being separated.

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