Advertisement

Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 107–110 | Cite as

A Response to Controversies in Attachment Disorders

  • Maxine L. WeinmanEmail author
Article

Abstract

This paper reviews Dr. Jean Mercer’s 2017 manuscript on Conventional and Unconventional Perspectives on attachment disorders. I will discuss assessment and summary of attachment disorders and the evaluation of attachment therapies in social work education and practice. I will conclude with the role of attachment theory in social work education and practice and the evaluation of evidence-based research theory and practice in attachment disorders.

Keywords

Attachment theory Attachment disorders Conventional treatment Unconventional treatment 

References

  1. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th edn.). Washington, DC: Author.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Becker-Weidman, A., & Hughes, D. (2008). Dyadic developmental psychotherapy: An evidence-based treatment for children with complex trauma and disorders of attachment. Child and Family Social Work, 13, 329–337.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00557.x.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Becker-Weidman, A., & Hughes, D. (2010). Dyadic developmental psychotherapy: An effective and evidence-based treatment—Comments in response to Mercer and Pignotti. Child and Family Social Work, 15, 6–11.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2009.00679.x.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Lyons-Ruth, K. (2015). Commentary: Should we move away from an attachment framework for understanding disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED)? A commentary on Zeanah and Gleason (2015). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56(3), 223–227.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Mercer, J. (2015). Revisiting an article about dyadic developmental psychotherapy: The life cycle of a Woozle. Child & Adolescent Social Work, 32, 397–404.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-015-0399-z.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Mercer, J. (2017). Conventional and unconventional perspectives on attachment and attachment problems: Comparisons and implications, 2006–2016. Child & Adolescent Social Work.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-017-0511-7.Google Scholar
  7. Shea, S. E. (2015). Finding parallels: The experiences of clinical social workers providing attachment-based treatment to children in foster care. Clinical Social Work Journal, 43, 62–76.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-014-0488-z.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Stryker, R. (2013). Violent children and structural violence: Re-signaling ‘RAD Kids’ to inform the social work professions. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 1182–1188.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Vasquez, M., & Stensland, M. (2016). Adopted children with reactive attachment disorder: A qualitative study on family processes. Clinical Social Work Journal, 44, 319–332.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-0560-3.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Wimmer, J. S., Vonk, M. E., & Bordnick, P. (2009). A preliminary investigation of the effectiveness of attachment therapy for adopted children with reactive attachment disorder. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 26, 351–360.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-009-0179-8.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Wimmer, J. S., Vonk, M. E., & Reeves, P. M. (2010). Adoptive mothers’ perceptions of reactive attachment disorder therapy and its impact on family functioning. Clinical Social Work Journal, 38, 120–131.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-009-0245-x.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Zeanah, C. H., & Smyke, A. (2008). Attachment disorders in family and social context. Infant Mental Health Journal, 29(3), 219–233.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Zilberstein, K. (2014). The use and limitations of attachment theory in child psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 51, 93–103.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Zilberstein, K., & Messer, E. A. (2010). Building a secure base: Treatment of a child with disorganized attachment. Clinical Social Work Journal, 38, 85–97.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-007-0097-1.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate College of Social WorkUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

Personalised recommendations