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 figuring out of kid's social improvement have vital implications for perform within the fields of kid welfare, maltreatment, relations help, adoption, residential and foster care. yet they've got now not hitherto been systematically explored. This groundbreaking publication constitutes the 1st transparent and clinically invaluable precis.

partially I, integrating significant study findings and intriguing theoretical advancements, the authors introduce the fundamental styles of attachment around the existence span.

partly II, they specialise in purposes. Their specified description of a tradition and overview version for paintings with childrens and households leads practitioners step-by-step during the key phases of knowledge amassing, research and evaluate, formula of goals, and strategies of intervention. The version is then used to aid quite a number techniques to aid.

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

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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.

Parents have empathy. There is a sense of harmony. Mothers show a great deal of interest and fascination in their babies. They are, in Winnicott's wonderful phrase, 'good enough' parents. Main (1995) recognises that, in such socio-emotionally synchronised relationships, infants begin to understand the consequences of both their own and their mother's behaviour. Mothers who are available, responsive and comforting generate a soothing, predictable environment. They help their infants to modulate strong states of arousal.

In their attempts to regulate their emotions, adults use different strategies or rules to access, process and express attachmentrelated material (Main 1996). In effect, the AAI provokes a discourse of attachment-related memories. Adults who have not yet understood and flexibly modelled feelings associated with insecure attachment experiences remain insecure. ' Grice identified coherent, collaborative discourse as requiring adherence to four maxims: 1. 2. 3. 4. quality ('be truthful, and have evidence for what you say') quantity ('be succinct yet complete') relation ('be relevant or perspicacious') manner ('be clear and orderly').

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