Advanced Concepts in Attachment Theory and Their Application to Health Care

  • Jonathan HunterEmail author
  • Robert Maunder


In Chap. 2, we provided a sketch of the internal working model of each attachment style and related patterns of attachment behavior. During a clinical interview or a similar interaction between a health-care provider and a patient, other aspects of communication and interaction can help a clinician acquire a deeper understanding of a patient’s attachment style, which can be very helpful in providing care. Therefore, in order to increase the utility of an attachment perspective in clinical practice, we now describe the aspects of attachment style that are most relevant in these interactions: narrative coherence, mentalizing, affect regulation (particularly the expression of anger), and interpersonal pulls. We will examine how individuals with different attachment styles differ in these domains and how they affect medical care.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Toronto, Mount Sinai HospitalTorontoCanada

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