Attachment Theory, Child Maltreatment and Family Support: A by David Howe, Marion Brandon, Diana Hinings, Gillian Schofield

By David Howe, Marion Brandon, Diana Hinings, Gillian Schofield

Contemporary advances in our realizing of kid's social improvement have very important implications for perform within the fields of kid welfare, maltreatment, family members aid, adoption, residential and foster care. yet they've got now not hitherto been systematically explored. This groundbreaking ebook constitutes the 1st transparent and clinically necessary precis.

partly I, integrating significant examine findings and intriguing theoretical advancements, the authors introduce the elemental styles of attachment around the existence span.

partially II, they specialize in functions. Their distinct description of a convention and evaluation version for paintings with young children and households leads practitioners step-by-step during the key levels of knowledge collecting, research and evaluation, formula of goals, and techniques of intervention. The version is then used to help quite a number methods to assist.

all through, attention-grabbing case fabric, dating histories, and interview transcripts illustrate either thought and perform. The booklet may be a useful source for all these operating with young ones in need.

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To the child, the other person is both emotionally desired and emotionally unreliable. This is deeply frustrating. Hence, children have feelings of ambivalence about other people and relationships. At any one time, children's relationships with their caregiver are wholly guided by strong feelings of either love or anger. In short (Holmes 1997: 234), caregiving environments may be experienced by children as either: • • • consistently responsive (leading to secure attachments) consistently unresponsive (leading to avoidant attachments) inconsistently responsive (leading to ambivalent/resistant attachments).

Possessed of a positive approach to social life, individuals are generally able to acknowledge and deal accurately, appropriately and effectively with strong feelings, including distress, anxiety and anger. The ability to make sense of both the self and others in relationships increases people's social competence. It is not being suggested that secure individuals find life trouble free. Instead, their security is a measure of how they respond to life's ups and downs. To the extent that they can positively draw on a range of personal and social resources to cope with stress, individuals are able to retain an integrated view of both self and others.

Past childhood experiences seem to make sense of the quality of the adult's current relationships. Parenting styles and children's behaviour appear to suggest links between the parents' anxieties and their child's emotional difficulties. Anger engendered in the social worker and the violence noted in the parents' marriage give an insight into how people feel and react when in close relationship with the parents. Pieced together and organised by an attachmentperspective, these myriad bits of knowledge gradually bring the overall psychosocial picture into focus.

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