Attachment Issues in Psychopathology and Intervention

Attachment Issues in Psychopathology and Intervention

by Leslie Atkinson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0805836934

ISBN-13: 9780805836936

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

To be a human being (or indeed to be a primate) is to be attached to other fellow beings in relationships, from infancy on. This book examines what happens when the mechanisms of early attachment go awry, when caregiver and child do not form a relationship in which the child finds security in times of uncertainty and stress. Although John Bowlby, a psychiatrist and

Overview

To be a human being (or indeed to be a primate) is to be attached to other fellow beings in relationships, from infancy on. This book examines what happens when the mechanisms of early attachment go awry, when caregiver and child do not form a relationship in which the child finds security in times of uncertainty and stress. Although John Bowlby, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, originally formulated attachment theory for the express purpose of understanding psychopathology across the life span, the concept of attachment was first adopted by psychologists studying typical development. In recent years, clinicians have rediscovered the potential of attachment theory to help them understand psychological/psychiatric disturbance, a potential that has now been amplified by decades of research on typical development.

Attachment Issues in Psychopathology and Intervention is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the implications of current attachment research and theory for conceptualizing psychopathology and planning effective intervention efforts. It usefully integrates attachment considerations into other frameworks within which psychopathology has been described and points new directions for investigation. The contributors, who include some of the major architects of attachment theory, link what we have learned about attachment to difficulties across the life span, such as failure to thrive, social withdrawal, aggression, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, dissociation, trauma, schizo-affective disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, eating disorders, and comorbid disorders. While all chapters are illuminated by rich case examples and discuss intervention at length, half focus solely on interventions informed by attachment theory, such as toddler-parent psychotherapy and emotionally focused couples therapy.

Mental health professionals and researchers alike will find much in this book to stimulate and facilitate effective new approaches to their work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805836936
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
IPsychopathology1
1Applications of Attachment: The Integration of Developmental and Clinical Traditions3
2Attachment and Psychopathology27
3Disorders of Attachment and Failure to Thrive49
4Hostile-Helpless Relational Models and Disorganized Attachment Patterns Between Parents and Their Young Children: Review of Research and Implications for Clinical Work65
5Adolescent Psychopathology in Terms of Multiple Behavioral Systems: The Role of Attachment and Controlling Strategies and Frankly Disorganized Behavior95
IIIntervention137
6Levels of Processing in Parent--Child Relationships: Implications for Clinical Assessment and Treatment139
7Attachment State of Mind and the Treatment Relationship167
8Two Therapies: Attachment Organization and the Clinical Process181
9An Antidote to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Creation of Secure Attachment in Couples Therapy207
10Toddler--Parent Psychotherapy for Depressed Mothers and Their Offspring: Implications for Attachment Theory229
Author Index277
Subject Index285

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