John Bowlby - from Psychoanalysis to Ethology: Unraveling the Roots of Attachment Theory

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John Bowlby - from Psychoanalysis to Ethology: Unraveling the Roots of Attachment Theory


Seedall, Ryan B., Journal of Marital and Family Therapy


Van der Horst, F. C. P. (201 1). John Bowlby - From psychoanalysis to ethology: Unraveling the roots of attachment theory. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 210 pp., $99.95.

As a researcher and clinician who is very interested in attachment theory, I was excited to learn of a new book that addressed the life of John Bowlby and his experiences that led to the development of attachment theory. However, I must admit that some reservations arose prior to getting the book and actually reading it. My first reservation related to the purpose of the book. Early on in my learning about attachment theory, I had read Karen's Becoming Attached and found it to be an excellent overview, in addition to providing information about the lives of its important figures. Very recently, I also read Van Dijken's John Bowlby: His Early Life: A Biographical Journey into the Roots of Attachment Theory, which provided me with additional information about his schooling experiences and early career and how they provided a foundation upon which he developed attachment theory. As a result, I wondered what this book would add to my understanding of John Bowlby and attachment theory. My second reservation was about the overall content and tone of the book. This concern came as a result of realizing that Jerome Kagan, an ardent and vocal opponent of attachment theory, wrote the forward.

After reading the book, I am happy to say that my reservations were unsubstantiated. Frank van der Horst works as a psychologist and researcher in the Netherlands. He studied at Leiden University with Van der Veer and Van IJzendoorn, two individuals who have published a great deal on attachment theory, and this book is an outgrowth of his work with them and his PhD thesis. The first two chapters represent a summary of Van Dijken's book, discussing Bowlby's early life, including his relationship with his parents, his schooling, choice of career, and the World Health Organization report that helped to increase his notoriety in the scientific community. The third chapter summarizes his work with James Robertson, who did a great deal of observational work on the subject of detrimental effects of maternal separation during the hospitalization of young children. …

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