Attachment theory and the early years

Authored by Henry Strick van Linschoten The early strands of attachment theory are based on a combination of Bowlby's (1969) early views about attachment as a behavioural system and Ainsworth's (Ainsworth, 1964; Ainsworth & Bell, 1970; Ainsworth et al., 1971; Ainsworth et al., 1978; Ainsworth & Wittig, 1969) inspired experiments with observing infants in an artificially constructed Strange Situation, in which they would twice be confronted with being separated from their primary caregiver, and their behavioural response was observed and scored. Holmes defines attachment theory as "spatial" (2014:53). He proposes that the child feels good when close to the attachment figure, but [...]

Attachment theory and the early years2019-08-22T15:23:18+01:00

Clinical Applications of Attachment Theory

Authored by Henry Strick van Linschoten (Psychotherapy aims) to provide the patient with a secure base from which he can explore the various unhappy and painful aspects of his life, past and present, many of which he finds it difficult or perhaps impossible to think about and reconsider without a trusted companion to provide support, encouragement, sympathy, and, on occasion, guidance. (Bowlby, 1988:138) Introduction and history Attachment theory is a combination of ideas in developmental psychology; a set of concepts such as the attachment behavioural system itself, the primary caregiver and the distinct categories of attachment relationships of infants and adults; [...]

Clinical Applications of Attachment Theory2019-08-22T15:22:25+01:00