Attachment and Family Systems: Conceptual, Empirical, and Therapeutic Relatedness (2003)

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Attachment and Family Systems: Conceptual, Empirical, and Therapeutic Relatedness (2003)


Baker, Jennifer, Journal of Professional Counseling, Practice, Theory, & Research


Attachment and Family Systems: Conceptual, Empirical, and Therapeutic Relatedness (2003)

New York, NY: Bruimer-Routledge, 273 pages

This seminal hook, the collaborative work oi'Erdman & Cat'fery, is written in ari easy-to-read format for both clinicians and researchers. Its uniqueness reflects the editors' insight, experience, and experti.se in the field of attachment and systems theory. This book distinctly assimilates two theoretical approaches-attachment theory, which describes the impact early earegivers have on the script individuals follow throughout their lives, and systems theory, which describes the structures in which individuals live. The editors point out how the family systems approach is closely connected to the styles of attachment.

Within each chapter, the editors present the concept and value of combining both attachment and family systems theory, thus validating Bowlby's original proposition of attachment, which is systemic in nature. Rather than conceptualizing these two theoretical approaches as separate in nature, Erdnian and Caffery demonstrate the association between the two theories in both research and clinical practice. The editors draw upon the experience and expertise of leaders in the field of attachment and family systems theory, respectively.

As one progresses through each chapter, it becomes clear how the authors applied attachment theory within a systemic framework to a variety of iii'ecyde transitional tasks and clinical issues. …

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