Understanding Attachment and Attachment Disorders: Theory, Evidence and Practice
Vivien Prior and Danya Glaser,
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
STAR RATING: 3/5
The work of John Bowlby’s attachment theory continues to develop and grow with this new volume, writes David O’Driscoll.
Focusing on understanding attachment and attachment disorders (the latter being a new term, unknown to me and I suspect to most professionals?), this diagnosis has begun to be used widely in the fields of fostering, adoption and looked-after children.
Attachment is a feature of all cultures, and persistent disregard of the child’s emotional or physical needs, which prevent formation of stable attachment, can lead to difficulties in adulthood.
The book is split into five sections: attachment and care-giving assessments of attachment and care giving correlates of attachment organisation with functioning defining attachment disorder and interventions. As always with attachment theory, there is a huge amount of research quoted this is both a strength and weakness.
The authors give a comprehensive insight into the latest research, assessment and significance of attachment theories cross-culturally, yet I found all this information overwhelming at times. It may be useful for readers to use this book for specific areas of reference.
I was also not convinced about this new diagnosis. As an attachment-based psychotherapist, I understand the importance of broken attachment and I believe it may have been more helpful to focus on the treatment of poor attachment than attachment disorder.
David O’Driscoll is a psychotherapist and assistant director at Respond, a national learning disabilities charity