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Attachment Processes in Couple and Family Therapy

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Offering fresh and provocative insights on the practice of couple and family therapy, this unique volume shows how attachment theory can inform, enhance, and guide interventions for a wide range of relationship problems and clinical issues. Chapters from leading attachment researchers and family therapists integrate the literature from both fields to provide a multifaceted perspective on the role of attachment in distressed and satisfying relationships. Illustrated with evocative clinical material, the book ...
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Overview

Offering fresh and provocative insights on the practice of couple and family therapy, this unique volume shows how attachment theory can inform, enhance, and guide interventions for a wide range of relationship problems and clinical issues. Chapters from leading attachment researchers and family therapists integrate the literature from both fields to provide a multifaceted perspective on the role of attachment in distressed and satisfying relationships. Illustrated with evocative clinical material, the book presents research-based therapy models for embattled couples, families struggling with parent-child conflict and adolescent problems, and adoptive and foster families. Also discussed are ways to support stronger mother-infant attachment; attachment-oriented interventions for couples facing specific clinical problems, including depression, PTSD, and chronic pain; applications for same-sex couples; and much more.
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Editorial Reviews

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"For decades, the family therapy field seemed addicted to the idea that families and couples operate like machines. Fortunately, attachment theory has come on the scene of late to give couple and family therapists a secure conceptual base for understanding what is fundamental to close, committed relationships. Johnson and Whiffen's outstanding new book organizes the best of what is known about attachment theory and family therapy, and will serve as a springboard for creative new developments in this important area for a long time to come."--Alan S. Gurman, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin Medical School

"Johnson and Whiffen should be commended for providing a remarkable resource for couple and family therapists and researchers alike. This book brings together a stellar set of contributions offering a unique blend of basic scholarship and creative application. The result is essential reading for graduate students and a 'must-have' handbook for clinicians of all theoretical persuasions. Readers will find a theoretical framework for the field of couple and family therapy that is comprehensive, data-based, and integrative. I enthusiastically recommend this volume to anyone interested in couple and family functioning or strategies of intervention."--Steven R. H. Beach, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Georgia

"This impressive volume provides a theory-rich account of human attachment bonds and the development and treatment of relationship problems. It draws together leading researchers and clinicians in the areas of developmental psychology, social psychology, and couple and family therapy. The contributors offer new insights into the links among emotional experience, relationship behavior, and individual adjustment, together with valuable techniques for strengthening intimate relationships."--Judith A. Feeney, PhD, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia

"This book has been an excellent addition to my training curriculum. As a text in a graduate-level marriage and family therapy training seminar, the book provides students with an essential theoretical foundation for understanding the manifestation of attachment dynamics in a clinical setting. Its coverage of diverse clinical applications and populations is invaluable to the students as they work to integrate theory and practice."--Craig W. Smith, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Psychiatric Services

"The editors of this book have done well in ensuring that, whenever possible, recommended therapeutic interventions are data based....The various chapters are well written; they are free of jargon and cohere beautifully into an integrated whole, balancing theory, clinical practice, and research."--Psychiatric Services
Couples Research and Therapy Newsletter

"Dramatically changed the way I think about couple therapy....I quite literally found every chapter of this book useful in expanding my knowledge of attachment theory in the context of couple and family therapy."--Couples Research and Therapy Newsletter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593852924
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/5/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 411
  • Sales rank: 699,871
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan M. Johnson, EdD, is Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute, Ottawa, Canada. Widely published, she is the main proponent of emotionally focused couple and family therapy, which she teaches extensively in North America and internationally. In 2005, she received the Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. The website for Dr. Johnson's work is www.eft.ca.

Valerie E. Whiffen, PhD, Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, has published widely in the area of depression, particularly focusing on women's depression. In recent publications, she has explored an attachment theory-based understanding of depression that co-occurs with marital distress. Dr. Whiffen teaches graduate courses in adult psychopathology and interpersonal theory, and supervises the clinical work of practicum students and interns in the American Psychological Association-accredited clinical psychology program at the University of Ottawa. She is a registered clinical psychologist and maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of depression and marital distress.

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Contents

I. Relevance of Attachment Theory for Clinical Practice
1. Introduction to Attachment: A Therapist's Guide to Primary Relationships and Their Renewal
Susan M. Johnson
2. Adult Attachment Theory, Psychodynamics, and Couple Relationships: An Overview
Dory A. Schachner, Phillip R. Shaver, and Mario Mikulincer
3. The Essential Nature of Couple Relationships
Cindy Hazan
4. Stability and Change of Attachment Representations from Cradle to Grave
Elaine Scharfe
5. Alternate Pathways to Competence: Culture and Early Attachment Relationships
Vivian J. Carlson and Robin L. Harwood
II. Models of Clinical Intervention
6. Attachment Theory: A Guide for Couple Therapy
Susan M. Johnson
7. Attachment Processes in Couple Therapy: Informing Behavioral Models
Joanne Davila
8. Caring for the Caregiver: An Attachment Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Child Problems
Roger Kobak and Toni Mandelbaum
9. Creating and Repairing Attachments in Biological, Foster, and Adoptive Families
Terry M. Levy and Michael Orlans
10. Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents: Repairing Attachment Failures
Guy S. Diamond and Richard S. Stern
III. Using an Attachment Perspective in Interventions with Particular Populations 11. The First Couple: Using Watch, Wait, and Wonder to Change Troubled InfantMother Relationships
Nancy J. Cohen, Elisabeth Muir, and Mirek Lojkasek
12. The Journey of Adolescence: Transitions in Self within the Context of Attachment Relationships
Marlene M. Moretti and Roy Holland
13. Implications of Adult Attachment for Preventing Adverse Marital Outcomes
Rebecca J. Cobb and Thomas N. Bradbury
14. Attachment in Later Life: Implications for Intervention with Older Adults
Michael Bradley and Gail Palmer
15. Using an Attachment-Based Intervention with Same-Sex Couples
Gordon Josephson
IV. Specific Attachment Interventions for Particular Problems
16. Looking Outward Together: Adult Attachment and Childbearing Depression
Valerie E. Whiffen
17. Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse History on Current Couple Relationships: An Attachment Perspective
Pamela C. Alexander
18. Attachment and the Experience of Chronic Pain: A Couples Perspective
Samuel F. Mikail
V. Conclusion
19. What Attachment Theory Can Offer Marital and Family Therapists
Valerie E. Whiffen
Index

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Table of Contents


I. Relevance of Attachment Theory for Clinical Practice
1. Introduction to Attachment: A Therapist's Guide to Primary Relationships and Their Renewal, Susan M. Johnson
2. Adult Attachment Theory, Psychodynamics, and Couple Relationships: An Overview, Dory A. Schachner, Phillip R. Shaver, and Mario Mikulincer
3. The Essential Nature of Couple Relationships, Cindy Hazan
4. Stability and Change of Attachment Representations from Cradle to Grave, Elaine Scharfe
5. Alternate Pathways to Competence: Culture and Early Attachment Relationships, Vivian J. Carlson and Robin L. Harwood
II. Models of Clinical Intervention
6. Attachment Theory: A Guide for Couple Therapy, Susan M. Johnson
7. Attachment Processes in Couple Therapy: Informing Behavioral Models, Joanne Davila
8. Caring for the Caregiver: An Attachment Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Child Problems, Roger Kobak and Toni Mandelbaum
9. Creating and Repairing Attachments in Biological, Foster, and Adoptive Families, Terry M. Levy and Michael Orlans
10. Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents: Repairing Attachment Failures, Guy S. Diamond and Richard S. Stern
III. Using an Attachment Perspective in Interventions with Particular Populations
11. The First Couple: Using Watch, Wait, and Wonder to Change Troubled Infant-Mother Relationships, Nancy J. Cohen, Elisabeth Muir, and Mirek Lojkasek
12. The Journey of Adolescence: Transitions in Self within the Context of Attachment Relationships, Marlene M. Moretti and Roy Holland
13. Implications of Adult Attachment for Preventing Adverse Marital Outcomes, Rebecca J. Cobb and Thomas N. Bradbury
14. Attachment in Later Life: Implications for Intervention with Older Adults, J. Michael Bradley and Gail Palmer
15. Using an Attachment-Based Intervention with Same-Sex Couples, Gordon J. Josephson
IV. Specific Attachment Interventions for Particular Problems
16. Looking Outward Together: Adult Attachment and Childbearing Depression, Valerie E. Whiffen
17. Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse History on Current Couple Relationships: An Attachment Perspective, Pamela C. Alexander
18. Attachment and the Experience of Chronic Pain: A Couples Perspective, Samuel F. Mikail
V. Conclusion
19. What Attachment Theory Can Offer Marital and Family Therapists, Valerie E. Whiffen
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