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Attachment Research: Contributions of Social Workers

  • Joanna E. Bettmann
  • Rachael A. Jasperson
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Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)

Abstract

Attachment theory and research have created exciting new ways for clinical social workers to bridge understanding of human development and clinical work, particularly in the area of early relational experiences that influence personality development and disrupt healthy psychological development (Bowlby, 1947). Early social work interest in attachment theory focused on understanding the influence of the mother–child relationship on the child’s overall emotional and psychological development, with particular interest on foster home placements, traumatic ­separations from parents, and child neglect and abuse. In the 1970s, attachment theorists generally began to integrate a clinical approach, and around this time attachment articles began to appear in the social work literature (McMillen, 1992). Shortly thereafter, social work scholars also began to design, implement, and publish attachment-focused research, including research related to adult attachment.

Keywords

Foster Care Attachment Style Attachment Theory Attachment Relationship Adult Attachment 
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  1. 1.College of Social WorkUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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