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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Attachment Across the Lifecourse

A Brief Introduction

ISBN 9780230293595
Publication Date May 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Written by a top commentator on attachment theory, this brief introduction neatly summarises the latest thinking and research on attachment from childhood through to adulthood. It offers an essential overview for a wide student and professional audience, including social workers, psychologists, counsellors and nurses.

DAVID HOWE OBE, Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He was founding editor of the Blackwell Science Journal, Child and Family Social Work (1996-2001) and is author of many books, including: Attachment Theory for Social Work Practice; Attachment Theory, Child Maltreatment and Family Support; Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development and Intervention; and The Emotionally Intelligent Social Worker.

Attachment Behaviour
Affect Regulation
The Internal Working Model
Patterns of Attachment
Attachment in Adulthood
Secure Attachments in Childhood
Secure Attachments in Adulthood
Avoidant Attachments in Childhood
Avoidant and Dismissing Attachments in Adulthood
Ambivalent Attachments in Childhood
Anxious and Preoccupied Attachments in Adulthood
Disorganised and Controlling Attachments in Childhood
Fearful Avoidant Attachments and Unresolved States of Mind in Adulthood
Nature and Nurture
Stability, Change and Adaptation


The book is brief but very rich. You very rarely see a child with particular attachment characteristics growing up. Not so here: the child grows up both across and within chapters. Quite honestly, I cannot remember coming across such a sharp integration of the adult social psychology and the developmental psychology perspectives.' - Professor Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College London
'...Attachment across the lifecourse is strong: clear and engaging without being simplistic and would, in my opinion, suit well the needs of a readership requiring such a book. Students on social work training courses come to mind, as do those wanting to refresh their knowledge of the attachment field.' - Philip John Archard, Journal of Social Work Practice.
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