Rethinking Attachment for Early Childhood Practice: Promoting Security, Autonomy and Resilience in Young Children

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Adult attachment issues

Adult attachment representations and intergenerational attachment issues have been described earlier. In this chapter we explore the adult side of the attachment relationship further. Factors which influence the attachment figure's ability to provide sensitive, responsive care are discussed, with a focus on mental health issues, including maternal depression. How adults respond to attachment-related experiences, such as separation, discussed earlier in relation to the child, are also considered. Finally therapeutic interventions to increase sensitivity are reviewed, and the concept of the 'resilient' attachment figure introduced.


The adult's contribution to the attachment
relationship

Bowlby considered the adult side of the attachment relationship in the first volume of the attachment trilogy. At its most basic level, the attachment relationship requires that sufficient physical proximity be maintained between child and adult to guarantee the child's safety

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