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Attachment Research, Developmental Implications, and Clinical Interventions with Children, Adults, and Couples

Shoshana Ringel

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.855

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This review summarizes contributions to attachment theory and research by John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth, Mary Main, and many other researchers. It addresses contributions from the Adult Attachment Interview to the understanding of loss and trauma as well as the intergenerational transmission of attachment patterns from parent to child. The review describes current findings from infant research, and the implications of attachment theory to clinical interventions with children, families, adults, and couples.

Keywords: Attachment; Adult Attachment Interview; infant studies; mentalization; affect regulation; trauma

Article.  9261 words. 

Subjects: Child and Adolescent Social Work ; Human Behaviour and the Social Environment

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