Implications of Attachment Theory for Social Work Education

  • Susanne Bennett
  • Kathleen Holtz Deal
Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)


Historically, attachment theory has been an explanatory theory of human behavior applied to child development and, more recently, adult pair–bond relationships, ­personality structure, and psychopathology. In previous chapters, this book has ­demonstrated the current upsurge of the application of attachment theory to adult treatment processes and clinical relationships as well. Research studies on these ­topics have maintained a “micro” or “mezzo” center of attention, but over the past decade, attachment research has extended into institutional settings, adding an ­organizational focus to the theory (Mikulincer & Shaver, 2007). This new focus is useful for educators in the helping professions in understanding relationships between students and their instructors and for conceptualizing the development of professional identity and leadership.


Critical Thinking Attachment Style Secure Attachment Attachment Theory Effortful Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Catholic School of Social ServiceThe Catholic University of AmericaWashingtonUSA

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