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Attachment in Adults: Clinical and Developmental Perspectives

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Reflecting the emerging understanding of the significance of attachment in adult life, chapters in this volume provide a broad, comprehensive overview of recent research on the fundamentals of human life, including courtship and marriage; the determinants of resilience and depression; and the vulnerability of some to suicidal ideation and action. Together, they illuminate the contribution of early and current attachment to psychopathology, the application of research findings to therapeutic interventions, and the...
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Overview

Reflecting the emerging understanding of the significance of attachment in adult life, chapters in this volume provide a broad, comprehensive overview of recent research on the fundamentals of human life, including courtship and marriage; the determinants of resilience and depression; and the vulnerability of some to suicidal ideation and action. Together, they illuminate the contribution of early and current attachment to psychopathology, the application of research findings to therapeutic interventions, and the physiological substructure of attachment in adults and children.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Attachment theory is a very hot topic now, with application to developmental psychology, social/personality psychology, clinical psychology, and relationships research. The editors have collected some of the best thinkers and researchers on the topic and they present an outstanding group of examples of the range and application of the attachment approach. This is a book that, because of its life-span approach, will have something for everyone interested in the social side of human experience." --Steve Duck, Ph.D., University of Iowa

"The editors have done an impressive job. This book is a wide-ranging and provocative volume that extends various facets of attachment theory and research to adult relationships and psychotherapy. Especially valuable is the integration of Bowlby's theorizing on loss into a deeper understanding of insecure attachment and therapeutic change." --Inge Bretherton, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

"This is a wonderfully diverse and substantive set of papers on a topic of tremendous interest to clinicians and developmentalists alike. The range, quality and depth of the papers is exceptional; this text will be required reading for anyone interested in understanding both normal and pathological patterns of adult attachment. A broad, sophisticated examination of questions intrinsic to adult attachment theory has been much needed and will be much welcomed." --Arietta Slade, Ph.D., City College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York

"This book is on the cutting-edge of information about attachment. Although the book's aim is to explicate aspects of adult attachment many papers, and especially the first comprehensive summary chapter, details aspects of infant and child attachment as well. It is a thoroughgoing presentation of data available on the attachment system from infancy through adulthood....Like attachment research itself, the editors undertake an ambitious assignment to extend this research to adolescence, adulthood, aging, as well as to investigate the relationship between attachment classifications and psychopathology. This book admirably achieves its goal....This book is interesting to read, highly informative, and essential for those interested in a developmental perspective." --Doris K. Silverman, PhD, New York University

Clinical Social Work Journal

"The reader is introduced to the overall concepts of attachment theory, how they evolved from and complement existing psychoanalytic-object relations theories, and how they can be applied to a variety of treatments."--Clinical Social Work Journal
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Provides an overview of recent research on the structure and function of adult attachment from a variety of perspectives. Defines central issues such as conceptualization, and deals with topics such as normative and disturbed life span development, the relationship between attachment theory and object relations theory, and the physiological bases of attachment. Examines longitudinal studies of childhood attachment and presents a new scale for assessing adults. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898625479
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/29/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael B. Sperling, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Sperling has published and presented extensively in the areas of adult attachment, mental representation, and love relationships. He maintains a private practice in clinical psychology.
William H. Berman, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Fordham University. An active researcher, clinician, and teacher, Dr. Berman has studied adult attachment, personality, and psychotherapy outcomes. He is coauthor of Psychotherapy in Managed Health Care and Therapeutic Change: An Object Relations Perspective.
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Table of Contents

1 The Structure and Function of Adult Attachment 1
2 Continuity of Attachment across the Life Span 31
3 Internal Working Models and the Representational World in Attachment and Psychoanalytic Theories 72
4 Physiological Aspects of Adult Attachment 98
5 Assessing Adult Attachment 128
6 Parental Attachment, Peer Relations, and Dysphoria in Adolescence 155
7 Anxious Romantic Attachment in Adult Relationships 179
8 Attachment in Marital Relations 204
9 Attachment Relationships and Life Transitions: An Expectancy Model 232
10 Attachment in Adulthood and Aging 256
11 Suicidal Behavior and Attachment: A Developmental Model 275
12 Parental Bonding and Depressive Disorders 299
13 Psychotherapy Strategies for Insecure Attachment in Personality Disorders 313
14 Representations of Attachment and Psychotherapeutic Change 331
Index 349
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