Adult Attachment in Clinical Social Work: Practice, by Susanne Bennett, Judith Kay Nelson

By Susanne Bennett, Judith Kay Nelson

As John Bowlby’s experiences of human attachment revolutionized developmental psychology within the Nineteen Sixties, grownup attachment thoughts have equally remodeled social paintings lately, resulting in a new release of cutting edge attachment-based scientific perform. grownup Attachment in scientific Social paintings highlights social work’s contributions to attachment conception and examine and the possibility of those contributions to augment medical perform, tell social coverage, and additional empirical investigations.

Designed for readers new to grownup attachment, in addition to these acquainted with it, this e-book examines the present country of the sector, reviewing review measures and learn equipment, summarizing new findings and ongoing controversies, and clarifying phrases towards a standard language. medical purposes in person, relations, and staff contexts are featured, with case examples from a variety of populations and settings demonstrating the sensible application of the idea and its program to cross-cultural therapy. Later chapters movement past discrete instances to attachment concerns that impression society as an entire (e.g., adoption, elder care) and coaching matters that have an effect on destiny generations of clinicians. one of the subject matters covered:

•Separation, loss, and grief in adults •The impression of neurobiology on have an effect on legislation •Applications of attachment suggestions to interventions with at-risk households of kids, youth, and elder adults •Clinical techniques for hard-to-reach person consumers and adults in staff settings •The functionality of attachment in either familial caregiving •Policy implications of grownup attachment proper to relations protection

Adult Attachment in medical Social Work is a necessary textual content, breaking new flooring within the attachment literature with instant relevance for pros and students in scientific social paintings and similar psychological healthiness professions.

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It was also the period when Ainsworth made several contributions that were to become relevant to adult attachment, though her research was based on studying young children. After completing work in London and then observational research of mother–child interaction in Uganda, Ainsworth returned to the USA where she began a second observational study of 1-year-olds, the landmark Strange Situation (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978). The Strange Situation is a 20-min structured laboratory procedure that focuses on the infant’s response to separation from, and reunion with, the mother under conditions of increasing, though moderate, stress.

349). That is, though patterns of adaption once formed tend to persist, they can be transformed by later experiences.  3 for further explanation of adult attachment measures).  3) such as Berman and Sperling (1994), Hazan and Zeifman (1999), and Holmes (1993) have all agreed that there is a behavioral system of attachment that remains active throughout the life cycle and plays a part in relationships that provide feelings of familiarity, companionship, and belonging. More recently, research on the neurobiology of attachment has linked the system to brain development by suggesting that attachment experiences early in life are processed and stored in implicit memory in the right hemisphere of the brain, and once encoded, these attachment experiences endure, providing a blueprint for what to expect and how to 24 P.

Do childhood attachment patterns remain continuous throughout adulthood, or are these patterns malleable? In other words, do we have attachment prototypes (general internal working models of attachment) that remain relatively stable across the lifespan, or do our adult attachment styles change depending on the context of the specific relationship? Furthermore, is the organization of secure and insecure attachment patterns a culturally universal phenomenon? Empirical findings from self-report and narrative measures have converged to begin answering a number of these questions, and the findings both support and expand the original theories of Bowlby and Ainsworth (Mikulincer & Shaver, 2007).

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