A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Human Development

A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Human Development

A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Human Development

A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Human Development

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In 1979, under the title of The Making and Breaking of Affectional Bonds, I published a small collection of lectures that I had given to a variety of audiences during the two preceding decades. In this volume I present a further selection of the lectures given since then. Each of the first five and the ninth were delivered to a particular audience on a particular occasion; details of each are described in a brief preamble. The remaining three are extended versions of lectures given in extempore form to audiences made up of mental health professionals in countries of Europe and America. As in the earlier collection, I have thought it best to print each lecture in a form close to that in which it was originally published.

Since the theory of attachment provides the basis for every lecture some deletions have been necessary to avoid an excess of repetition. It is hoped that such as remains will, by presenting the same ideas in different contexts, clarify and emphasize distinctive features of the theory.

It is a little unexpected that, whereas attachment theory was formulated by a clinician for use in the diagnosis and treatment of emotionally disturbed patients and families, its usage hitherto has been mainly to promote research in developmental psychology. Whilst I welcome the findings of this research as enormously extending our understanding of personality development and psychopathology, and thus as of the greatest . . .

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