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Attachment from Infancy to Adulthood : The Major Longitudinal Studies - Klaus E. Grossman

Attachment from Infancy to Adulthood

The Major Longitudinal Studies

By: Klaus E. Grossman (Editor), Karin Grossman (Editor), Everett Waters (Editor)


Published: 23rd March 2005
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This volume provides unique and valuable firsthand accounts of the most important longitudinal studies of attachment. Presented are a range of research programs that have broadened our understanding of attachment in and outside of the family context and its role in individual adaptation throughout life. In addition to discussing the pivotal findings that emerged from each study, leading investigators offer rare reflections on the process of scientific discovery. Themes addressed include the complexities of designing studies that span years or even decades; challenges in translating theoretical constructs into age-appropriate assessments; the ways in which Bowlby's original models have been refined and elaborated; and how attachment interacts with other key variables that shape individual developmental trajectories.

"This is an incredibly rich book. I found it fascinating how the different researchers approached the question of the attachment relationship and mental health development. It is impressive that they have been able to maintain contact with their subjects and follow them over time, from childhood to adulthood and to the next generation....If one is curious about attachment and its effect over time, I would certainly recommend a read of this book."--"Journal of Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry"

"This volume will be welcome and informative for students of attachment theory and behavior."--"Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic" "This collection of international studies provides a comprehensive overview of the pioneers in attachment theory following the Bowlby-Ainsworth tradition. This book offers a unique window into the personal and professional lives of these noted scholars, who have dedicated their life's work to the study of attachment relationships. Their deep conviction in the importance of attachment theory and dedication to the science of this tradition serve as an inspirational model for the researcher clinician. This book is recommended for therapists, researchers, and teachers in the field."--"The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease" "A well written, thorough, and stimulating work. The authors/editors surpassed their goals of making a major contribution to the literature and to the field....The exercise of reading the text, digesting it, and reporting on it has lead me to think in new and more hopeful ways about attachment."--"Child and Family Journal""" "Excellent....This new text on attachment is a delight. This is no ordinary review of longitudinalstudies on attachment....The way the 11 chapters, each by a leading authority on an aspect of attachment theory, are laid out is probably the secret to the ease with which the book is read....As a highly readable, highly informative, and reasonably priced text, I strongly recommend it to researchers and clinicians but perhaps most particularly to those whose clinical practices involve children and families."--"Canadian Journal of Psychiatry" "Brings the reader up to date with recent developments...as well as providing thoughts for the way forward into the future. It benefits greatly from contributions by people whose names are instantly recognisable for their seminal work within the area of attachment theory and it is interesting to learn about their diverse backgrounds and what motivated their interest in the subject....The book is accessible and is written in an approachable manner that will appeal to students, researchers and others at various stages in their careers....I found this book interesting and informative about the relationship between early attachment processes and outcomes in later life."--"British Journal of Psychiatry"

"'The child is father to the man': Wordsworth intuited it; Freud asserted it; Bowlby systematized it; this book proves it. Grossmann, Grossmann, and Waters have assembled an illustrious gallery of top attachment and developmental researchers. They present their findings in ways that are scientifically convincing as well as highly readable and personally moving. Reductionists, eat your hearts out--or, rather, start to search for the mechanisms that underlie these incontrovertible links between childhood attachment experience and adult relational competence. This volume is a 'must' for all psychotherapeutic clinicians and child development researchers, and will become a standard text for courses in clinical psychology and social work. I will certainly use it as such in the master's program in psychological therapies that I run."--Jeremy Holmes, MD, FRCPsych, University of Exeter and University College London, UK

"This book provides a unique overview of more than 30 years of fascinating longitudinal research on attachment development. It contains marvelous reports of the seminal longitudinal studies conducted by the most well-known people in the field. The volume demonstrates in an impressive manner how empirical findings not only can confirm assumptions derived from theory, but also can challenge those assumptions and thus contribute to the ongoing development of the theory. As such, it is highly interesting reading for experienced researchers as well as students."--Gottfried Spangler, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

"Attachment theory really comes of age in this volume....Contributions written by pioneers and current giants in the field impressively connect attachment theory and research to cross-cultural variations, the social context, and human evolution. This book is required reading for anyone interested in the contemporary and long-term consequences of early close relationships."--Arnold J. Sameroff, PhD, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan

"This book presents an intriguing view of the evolution of an entire scientific field. Interwoven with important data and theoretical discussions, we find historical and personal notes from the people who have been instrumental in making child-parent attachment a central area within developmental psychology. The fascinating, up-to-date accounts in this volume will be useful and inspiring for readers in scientific and applied settings."--Gunilla Bohlin, PhD, and Berit Hagekull, PhD, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden

Ethology and Attachment Theory
In Pursuit of the Internal Working Model Construct and Its Relevance to Attachment Relationships
Placing Early Attachment Experiences in Developmental Context: The Minnesota Longitudinal Study
Attachment Theory and Research in Ecological Perspective: Insights from the Pennsylvania Infant and Family Development Project and the NICHD Study of Early Child Care
Early Care and the Roots of Attachment and Partnership Representations: The Bielefeld and Regensburg Longitudinal Studies
Understanding and Resolving Emotional Conflict: The London Parent-Child Project
Correlates of Attachment to Multiple Caregivers in Kibbutz Children from Birth to Emerging Adulthood: The Haifa Longitudinal Study
The Interplay between Attachment, Temperament, and Maternal Style
Attachment Representations, Secure-Base Behavior, and the Evolution of Adult Relationships: The Stony Brook Adult Relationship Project
Predictability of Attachment Behavior and Representational Processes at 1, 6, and 19 Years of Age: The Berkeley Longitudinal Study
Lessons from the Longitudinal Studies of Attachment
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ISBN: 9781593851453
ISBN-10: 1593851456
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 23rd March 2005
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.6