On the Floor with C and L
In this chapter we utilize our understanding of attachment to describe behaviors and issues that typically arise within hospitals when caring for individuals with attachment insecurity. Prototypic cases are described for each of secure, preoccupied, dismissing and fearful/disorganized individuals, with suggested management strategies directed at both the patient and the team. A table is also provided to summarize the variations in basic attachment functions of each type of individual, and the consequences thereof for clinical care.
KeywordsTeam Member Attachment Style Secure Attachment Mental Health Clinician Attachment Anxiety
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