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Attachment Theory in Adult Mental Health: A guide to clinical practice

Attachment Theory in Adult Mental Health: A guide to clinical practice [Kindle Edition]

Adam N. Danquah , Katherine Berry
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‘The editors’ rich personal experiences and perspectives have guided them in assembling this superb and timely book. The chapters are authored by an international roster of expert clinician-researchers…readers will find a synthesis of the latest research in adult attachment, thoughtfully considered from the perspective of direct application to clinical work.’

Brent Mallinckrodt, from the foreword.

'This edited book brings together diverse leading voices from the fields of clinical psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy on the fertile ground of attachment theory and research. Universal and culture-specific themes are elaborated that will help promote culturally competent practice in the mental health field, adding to the growing literature confirming the vital relevance of attachment theory and research to all range of clinical and forensic problems, their understanding and treatment.'

Howard Steele, PhD, Professor of Psychology, New School for Social Research; Editor of Attachment & Human Development and President of Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS)

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In the fifty years since its inception, John Bowlby’s attachment theory has been powerfully influential on developmental psychology and, more recently, mental health. Bringing together the experience of a diverse range of mental health practitioners and researchers who routinely use attachment theory in their own work, Attachment Theory in Adult Mental Health provides a guide to using attachment theory in everyday practice.

Adam N. Danquah and Katherine Berry present a wide-ranging and practical approach to the topic which includes studies on clinical practice, the provision of mental health services and accommodating intercultural perspectives. Section One covers the basics of attachment theory and practice. Section Two presents clinical problems and presentations including, among others, the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, personality disorder and eating disorders. Section Three addresses the needs of specific populations, discussing the influence of sociocultural factors like gender, ethnicity and age. Finally, Section Four examines the organisation and the practitioner, including using the theory to organise services and how individual therapists can integrate their own attachment histories into their approach.

Including the most up-to-date theories and practice in the field, Attachment Theory in Adult Mental Health is ideal for psychologists and psychological therapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, social workers and mental health service managers and commissioners.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (8 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text 26 April 2014
By E M
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It does what it says on the tin! A very easy to read, well edited, comprehensive and with good depth account of attachment in a number of clinical areas. The chapter on attachment in African Caribbean families first drew me to this book as it is refreshing to have issues of race explicitly addressed in an informed manner in texts about attachment. It would be useful if any future editions included chapters on working with people with intellectual disability, as this is increasingly being expected of mainstream services. An excellent read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and necessary reading 2 Aug 2014
By Sarah
superb book, I especially like the last two chapters but it was probably the most insightful and 'in tune' book written on Attachment theory that I have read yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading 26 Feb 2014
By glupton12 - Published on
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A very well written book that describes the various aspects of attachment and how it presents in clinical practice. Attachment theory is not universally understood by all clinicians but has the capacity to help explain the importance of early life experiences and how they shape the way we move through the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating. 18 April 2014
By jade couquaux - Published on
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As a psychologist in private practice, and interested in attachment theory, I found this book very informative and illuminating. It helps me provide an 'attachment informed' therapy to clients suffering from various problems as well as helps me understand dynamics in my own relationships with clients.
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