The applicability of attachment theory and research to social work and social policy relating to infants and children is well-established. Yet, its usefulness for enhancing the understanding of adults and their needs, both individually and as a group, has been less featured in the attachment literature.
Adult Attachment in Clinical Social Work Practice is a wide-ranging look at attachment theory and research, its application to adults, and its natural fit with the social work profession. This edited volume covers the applicability of adult attachment theory to the clinical social work profession's various domains that include human behavior, practice, policy, research, and social work education. It addresses the broad spectrum of clinical social work, including practice in a variety of public and private settings and with a number of diverse populations, including racial-ethnic groups, gays and lesbians, trauma survivors, and child welfare parents. The book highlights the underemphasized contribution of the social work profession to the development of attachment theory and research.
"This is a great, original book--clear, well-written, nuanced, and sophisticated. I loved the neurobiology and research summaries and the wonderful point the book makes and remakes: that one is not stuck in one's attachment style for life! Susanne Bennett and Judith Nelson have creatively and successfully synthesized attachment theory and research and applied it to practice, teaching, social problems, and social policies. A pioneering book, it is a "must read" for social workers working with individuals, groups, and families in a range of settings, and I think it will make a wonderful textbook."
-Dr. Joan Berzoff, Professor, Director, End of Life Certificate Program, Smith College School for Social Work
"This meticulously edited compendium of scholarship in the burgeoning field of adult attachment studies should be in every social worker's library. Conceptually rigorous chapters range from new directions in theory development, through applications to adult clinical practice in a wide variety of settings, to implications for social policy, research, and education. By collecting contributions from leading attachment experts in our field, Drs. Bennett and Nelson provide an invaluable resource for practitioners and scholars in social work as well as those in other helping professions who will benefit richly from this splendid volume."
- Jeffrey S. Applegate, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College
Series: Essential Clinical Social Work Series
Number Of Pages: 271
Published: 6th October 2010
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 1.28
Edition Number: 2