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

By Susanne Bennett, Judith Kay Nelson

As John Bowlby’s reviews of human attachment revolutionized developmental psychology within the Nineteen Sixties, grownup attachment suggestions have equally reworked social paintings in recent times, resulting in a iteration of leading edge attachment-based scientific perform. grownup Attachment in scientific Social paintings highlights social work’s contributions to attachment concept and learn and the possibility of those contributions to augment medical perform, tell social coverage, and extra empirical investigations.

Designed for readers new to grownup attachment, in addition to these conversant in it, this e-book examines the present country of the sphere, reviewing evaluation measures and learn equipment, summarizing new findings and ongoing controversies, and clarifying phrases towards a standard language. scientific functions in person, kin, and crew contexts are featured, with case examples from numerous populations and settings demonstrating the sensible application of the speculation and its program to cross-cultural remedy. Later chapters circulation past discrete circumstances to attachment concerns that influence society as a complete (e.g., adoption, elder care) and coaching matters that have an effect on destiny generations of clinicians. one of the themes covered:

•Separation, loss, and grief in adults •The effect of neurobiology on have an effect on law •Applications of attachment innovations to interventions with at-risk households of youngsters, young people, 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 relatives maintenance

Adult Attachment in medical Social Work is an important textual content, breaking new floor within the attachment literature with quick relevance for pros and students in medical social paintings and similar psychological health and wellbeing professions.

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There are significant differences in the techniques of gathering this data as well. Self-report measures inquire directly about conscious thoughts and behaviors, and these measures are easier to administer and code. In contrast, narrative measures are thought to tap into unconscious cognitive and emotional processes, the responses are more difficult to code, and investigators must undergo extensive specialized training to analyze the data for research purposes. Emerging from the debate about measurement, empirical study has prompted important questions about adult attachment in general.

Although they protested and curtailed play and exploration in the laboratory when mother was absent, on reunion they sought proximity to her, were more easily comforted and able to resume play than those classified as insecure. The infants had learned throughout their first year that they could rely on their caregiver to be available and responsive. In ­contrast, infants rated insecure in the laboratory were found to have less harmonious relationships at home. Those classified as insecure-resistant (sometimes called insecure ambivalent) were highly upset by their mother’s departure, sought proximity and interaction upon reunion, but were not pacified.

As he read their literature, he saw they were investigating behavior in nonhuman species in a way that might be applied to research and theory with humans. In a break from traditional theory, Bowlby turned to animal studies in order to understand how enduring relationships form, first between infant and parents, and later between adult pairs, and he wondered what made these relationships sometimes go awry. Using ethological principles of the time, Bowlby (1969) hypothesized that it is biologically adaptive for human beings, like many animals, to maintain physical contact, and later, proximity, to their caregivers who become increasingly familiar and relied upon for care, safety, and protection.

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