Applications of Attachment Theory to Group Interventions: A Secure Base in Adulthood

  • Timothy F. Page
Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)


Attachment theory is at heart a theory of intimacy. The developmental accomplishment of attachment security depends on a relational context of deep understanding and love between the growing child and his/her attachment figures, the specific individuals who are consistently involved in providing for the child’s most basic needs (Ainsworth, 1989). Qualities first established in childhood attachment relationships become characteristic of the ways in which individuals engage in intimate relationships in later life, particularly those relationships where the partner assumes the function of attachment figure, which is usually the case in sexual pair bonds, between parents and children, and often in friendships (Ainsworth, 1989). This chapter explores applications of attachment theory to group interventions with adults, focusing especially on interventions directed at problems concerning the experience of intimacy in the two major relational domains of sexual pair bonds and parenting.


Attachment Style Romantic Partner Attachment Security Attachment Theory Attachment Insecurity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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