Patterns of Relating: An Adult Attachment Perspective

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This volume describes the characteristics and role of attachment in the adult years and provides a new perspective for understanding, studying, and changing an adult's ability to form life-sustaining personal relationships. Providing a powerful tool for both social research and therapeutic intervention, the authors define attachment for adults, present their own original research and clinical evidence to support their definition, explicate the varieties of adult attachment patterns, and demonstrate the clinical ...
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Overview

This volume describes the characteristics and role of attachment in the adult years and provides a new perspective for understanding, studying, and changing an adult's ability to form life-sustaining personal relationships. Providing a powerful tool for both social research and therapeutic intervention, the authors define attachment for adults, present their own original research and clinical evidence to support their definition, explicate the varieties of adult attachment patterns, and demonstrate the clinical relevance of these constructs.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a first rate addition to the rapidly growing literature on attachment in adult life. The authors anchor their concept of reciprocal attachment firmly in established theory then move it boldly forward with solid empirical and clinical investigations. Well referenced and highly readable." --K.S. Adam, M.D., McMaster University

"Adult attachment has become one of the more important areas of research and theory in psychology. It promises to be a significant point of intersection between clinical and research approaches and interests. West and Keller's book comes along at a most auspicious time. Bowlby believes that attachment is a central concern throughout one's life; West and Keller elucidate and develop Bowlby's claim in a fruitful and important direction. This book will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the very human need for significant attachments." --Morris Eagle, Ph.D., University of Toronto

"The authors have skillfully tackled the problem of defining and assessing adult attachment. Their approach is well grounded in the developmental attachment literature....A very original and creative extension of attachment theory to adult clinical populations." --Roger Kobak, Ph.D., University of Delaware

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"Highly recommended. Undergraduate through professional. "--Choice
Child and Family Behavior Therapy

"...an introduction to adult attachment theory, this volume offers a tool for both social research and therapeutic intervention."--Child and Family Behavior Therapy
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"Highly recommended. Undergraduate through professional. "--Choice
Booknews
Demonstrates the merits of adult attachment theory as a means for investigating social behavior and as a construct to guide clinical practice. Defines reciprocal attachment relationships for adults using criteria congruent with the definitions for infants and children. Uses case studies to illustrate the clinical relevance of attachment as an organizational construct, and applies principles from biological development to the study of personality development. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898626711
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/8/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 1,400,214
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Malcolm L. West, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary.
Adrienne Sheldon-Keller, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Definition of Adult Reciprocal Attachment 7
2 The Relevance of Adult Reciprocal Attachment 24
3 Developmental Perspectives 36
4 Representational or Working Models 53
5 Patterns of Insecure Attachment 66
6 Defensive Processes in Attachment Theory 84
7 The Measurement of Adult Attachment 95
8 Personality Disorders Research 118
9 Attachment and Psychotherapy 135
10 Boundaries of Attachment 151
Epilogue 172
Appendix A: Items on the Reciprocal Attachment Questionnaire for Adults 175
Appendix B: Items on the Avoidant Attachment Questionnaire for Adults 179
Appendix C: Nonverbal Stimuli to Evoke Information on Attachment 181
Appendix D: Evaluation of Outcome 183
Notes 185
References 187
Index 203
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