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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Social and Emotional Development:

Attachment Relationships and the Emerging Self

ISBN 9780230303461
Publication Date January 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Bringing together key theories and research in a unique integrative approach, Karen Rosen guides the reader through the fascinating and interrelated themes of attachment and the self. In this comprehensive overview, she examines developing relationships with caregivers, siblings, peers and friends from infancy through to adolescence.

Dr. Karen Rosen is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston College, where she teaches courses in developmental and clinical psychology. She also serves as the Director of the Psychology Honors Program and of the Undergraduate Clinical Concentration. In addition, as a Senior Staff Psychologist at Brookline Psychological Services, her clinical practice focuses on a range of psychological issues, including attachment and self-related disorders.

Dr. Rosen received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research on parent-child attachment relationships and sibling relationships has been published in many scholarly journals and in several edited books. She has presented her work at both national and international conferences.

1. Attachment Relationships During Infancy
2. Infant Individuality and the Origins of the Self
3. Sibling Relationships
4. Peer Relations and Friendship During Childhood
5. The Development of Empathy, Prosocial Behavior, and Morality
6. Adolescent Social Relations
7. Adolescent Identity and the Consolidation of the Self


Rosen provides an intelligent, contemporary and engaging account of the formative periods and domains of individual and social development, vital to an understanding of what it means to be human.' – Professor Howard Steele, The New School, USA
'This is the definitive textbook on attachment and the development of the self – a key topic for students of development as well as clinicians of all orientations. It is a comprehensive and well-organized presentation of a complex and often difficult-to-access area, written in a crystal clear and engaging style.' – Professor Peter Fonagy, University College London
'This is not a superficial treatment of the topic, but Rosen succeeds in making the content readily available to students and very engaging. She takes a questioning approach to the research which ignites the readers' concern and interest. The book is rich in detail, scholarly and up to date, providing an in-depth introduction to material central to the study of social and emotional development in infancy through to adolescence.' – Dr. Brenda Todd, City University London
'An engaging text that integrates cutting edge research from a range of aligned disciplines to explore the importance of the social relationships that we form during childhood and adolescence.' – Dr. Lucy Betts, Nottingham Trent University
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