Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 51–61 | Cite as

Adults in Wilderness Treatment: A Unique Application of Attachment Theory and Research

  • Joanna E. BettmannEmail author
  • Rachael A. Jasperson
Original Paper


Research shows how an understanding of adult attachment applies to clinical treatment, such as outpatient therapy, but no literature explores the application of adult attachment to wilderness therapy, a distinct type of residential treatment. This paper explores how an understanding of adult attachment applies to wilderness therapy clients, as the nature of wilderness therapy involves losses, separations, and reunions, all of which evoke attachment needs. Adult wilderness treatment exemplifies an effective method of treatment that provides a secure base and supports healthy attachment relationships.


Adult attachment Residential treatment Wilderness therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Utah College of Social WorkSalt Lake CityUSA

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