Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 119–123 | Cite as

Response to Comments on “Conventional and Unconventional Perspectives on Attachment and Attachment Problems: Comparisons and Implications, 2006–2016”

  • Jean MercerEmail author

I am grateful to the editors of Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal for their decision to make my paper a target article and their invitations to interested people who have responded to my statements about views of attachment and attachment disorders as such views have or have not changed since an APSAC-APA task force reported on related issues over 10 years ago (Chaffin et al., 2006). In my opinion, the task force’s conclusions and warnings, although clearly stated, have not succeeded in changing attitudes toward two parallel but almost non-overlapping belief systems based on different concepts of attachment.

I think this opinion is supported by materials published after the target article was written, particularly those that continue focus on antisocial behavior as a core aspect of attachment disorders. The claim that children with attachment problems are aggressive and antisocial is a theme of the ideas I called “unconventional” in the target article, and this claim continues...


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  1. 1.Stockton UniversityGallowayUSA

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