Niels Peter Rygaard

Psychologist, auth. by DPA

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1991 (reprints 1994, 1998): Early Frustration – the Organization of the Self in Deprived Children. (in Danish)  Munksgaard, Copenhagen. ISBN: 87-16-10646-6.

1998: Psychopathic Children: Indicators of Organic Dysfunction. IN: Millon, Simonsen, Birket-Smith and Davis.: Psychopathy – Antisocial, Criminal and Violent Behavior, p.247-260. The Guilford Press NY. ISBN: 1-57230-344-1.

1999: Sexual Abuse and Attachment Disorder. (in Danish) Psyche and Logos, 2, p. 508-521. Danish Psychological Association Publishers. ISBN: 87-7706-284-1.

2000:. Chapter 5: Attachment Disorder – Causes and Treatment. (in Danish) IN: Psychiatric Problems in Childhood and Youth.  Edited by professor, Dr. Med. Per Hove Thomsen, Child and Youth Psychiatric Hospital in Risskov. Psykiatrifonden, Denmark.

2002 (reprints 2004, 2006): Attachment Disorder – treating Children and Youth with Attachment Disorder. (in Danish) Forfatterforlaget, Denmark. ISBN: 87-90969-10-3.

2003: Leadership Development. (in Danish)  Chapter one IN: Digmann & Dall: Public Leadership Development. Boersens Forlag, Copenhagen. ISBN: 87-7553-947-0.

2005: Family Therapy with Adopted Children. (in Danish) Dansk Psykolognyt (Journal of the Danish Psychological Association) 7, April 15, p. 21-26. DP Forlag, Copenhagen.

A number of articles in public debate, such as Therapy with Adoptees in Puberty April 2005 at:

2005: Lénfant Abandonné- Guide de traitement des troubles de l’attachement. DeBoeck Université, Belgium. Translated as:

2006: Severe Attachment Disorder in Childhood – a Guide to Practical Therapy. Springer Wien/ New York. See for other languages.

2006: Schwerwiegende Bindungsstörung in die Kindheit – eine Anleitung zur Praxisnahen Therapie. Springer Wien New York.

2007-10: Editions of the above in Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Romanian.

2007: Relating to the client who can’t relate - a short introduction to attachment disorder in clinical practice.

Published IN:  Isola, L. & Mancini, F.: Psicoterapia cognitiva dell’infanzia e dell’adolescenza. Chapter 2, 43-66. FrancoAngeli, Roma, 2007.

2008 – 2010: Initiator and content author of the caregiver educational European Commission/ Leonardo Division project: .

2011: Chapter 5 in”Handbook of Adoption” (in Danish) , Hans Reitzel Publishers, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2011: Journal of Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 8, 1: Designing the Fair Start Project. See:

2012: Program author and external advisor/ trainer in the European Union project and adjacent online program .

2012: “Emergent dynamics of cross-cultural interventions and initiatives” – unpublished, under preparation.

2012: Invited as guest editor for a special issue of Infant Mental Health Journal, on the subject of transforming research in exposed children into political decisions and intervention/ education programs globally.

2014: Editor of “Handbook for foster care families” (in Danish, under preparation). Forlaget Systime.

2014: Co- presenting at the Edinburgh conference World Association of Infant Mental Health with Robert McCall and Christine Groark, Pittsburgh University Office of Child Development:

Robert B. McCall, Christina J. Groark, Niels P. Rygaard, eds.: Special Issue: Global Research, Practice, and Policy Issues in the Care of Infants and Young Children at Risk. March/April 2014, Vol. 35, Issue 2, p. 87–191. .

2015: On request from the editors of Perspectives in Infant Mental Health: Infant Mental Health in the Global Village. An Invitation to Reader’s Debate: Emerging Infant Environments, and Future Research. Perspectives in Infant Mental Health Vol. 23 No. 1 (Winter 2015). Link: article

From the editor’s introduction, Joshua Sparrow: ”This issue’s World in WAIMH column features a fascinating reflection by psychologist, Niels Rygaard, founder of, on global and urban trends affecting infants, parents, and the caregiving environments in which they grow and develop. His piece is a challenging and thought-provoking one, and offered with the generous spirit of sparking dialogue among WAIMH members and beyond. We welcome your comments and reactions to Infant Mental Health in the Global Village and look forward to publishing them in future issues of Perspectives.”