Attachment Processes in Couple and Family Therapy

Attachment Processes in Couple and Family Therapy


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This practical book presents cutting-edge approaches to couple and family therapy that use attachment theory as the basis for new clinical understandings. Fresh and provocative insights are provided on the nature of interactions between adult partners and among parents and children; the role of attachment in distressed and satisfying relationships; and the ways attachment-oriented interventions can address individual problems as well as marital conflict and difficult family transitions. With contributions from leading clinicians and researchers, the volume offers both general strategies and specific techniques for helping clients build stronger, more supportive relational bonds.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 411 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Guilford Publications
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1593852924
  • 9781593852924
  • 68,821

Review quote

'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 '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

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About Susan M. Johnson

Susan M. Johnson, EdD and Valerie E. Whiffen, PhD, both at: School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Table of contents

Part I: Relevance of Attachment Theory for Clinical Practice. Johnson, Introduction to Attachment: A Therapist's Guide to Primary Relationships and their Renewal. Schachner, Shaver, Mikulincer, Adult Attachment Theory, Psychodynamics, and Couple Relationships: An Overview. Hazan, The Essential Nature of Couple Relationships. Scharfe, Stability and Change of Attachment Representations from Cradle to Grave. Carlson, Harwood, Alternate Pathways to Competence: Culture and Early Attachment Relationships. Part II: Models of Clinical Intervention. Johnson, Attachment Theory: A Guide for Couple Therapy. Davila, Attachment Processes in Couple Therapy: Informing Behavioral Models. Kobak, Mandelbaum, Caring for the Caregiver: An Attachment Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Child Problems. Levy, Orlans, Creating and Repairing Attachments in Biological, Foster, and Adoptive Families. Diamond, Stern, Attachment-based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents: Repairing Attachment Failures. Part III: Using an Attachment Perspective in Interventions with Particular Populations. Cohen, Muir, Lojkasek, The First Couple: Using Watch, Wait, and Wonder to Change Troubled Infant-Mother Relationships. Moretti, Holland, The Journey of Adolescence: Transitions in Self Within the Context of Attachment Relationships. Cobb, Bradbury, Implications of Adult Attachment for Preventing Adverse Marital Outcomes. Bradley, Palmer, Attachment in Later Life: Implications for Intervention with Older Adults. Josephson, Using an Attachment-Based Intervention with Same-sex Couples. Part IV: Specific Attachment Interventions for Particular Problems. Whiffen, Looking Outward Together: Adult Attachment and Childbearing Depression. Alexander, Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse History on Current Couple Relationships: An Attachment Perspective. Mikail, Attachment and the Experience of Chronic Pain: A Couples Perspective. Part V: Conclusion. Whiffen, What Attachment Theory can Offer Marital and Family Therapists.

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