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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Resources: John Bowlby



A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Human Development, by John Bowlby
The renowned psychiatrist continues to explore the nature of early parental bonds and offers further evidence of how strong emotional ties promote mental health. This text is a collection of lectures by John Bowlby, a British psychiatrist, which supports the theory that there are three patterns of parent-child attachment: secure, anxious resistant, and anxious avoidant; and explores the consequences of all three. The author states that the psychologically healthy person is one who has learned to explore the world confidently, returning to an attachment figure for affirmation and comfort when necessary. The sections on delinquency and family violence and on adults suffering from an "amnesia" imposed on them as children are compelling in their practical applications. Recommended for professional or academic libraries but of some value to the layperson or parent in understanding attachment theory.



Attachment (Basic Books Classics), by John Bowlby
The first volume of John Bowlby's Attachment and Loss series examines the nature of the child's ties to the mother. Beginning with a discussion of instinctive behavior, its causation, functioning, and ontogeny, Bowlby proceeds to a theoretical formulation of attachment behavior - how it develops, how it is maintained, what functions it fulfills. In the fifteen years since Attachment was first published, there have been major developments in both theoretical discussion and empirical research on attachment. The second edition, with two wholly new chapters and substantial revisions, incorporates these developments and assesses their importance to attachment theory. 448 pages.



Separation: Anxiety and Anger (Basic Books Classics), by John Bowlby
Dr. Bowlby's second pioneering volume examines the effect of seperation on the development of the child and the psychopathology that often follows seperation. 496 pages.



Loss: Sadness and Depression (Attachment and Loss), by John Bowlby
This third volume in Bowlby's groundbreaking trilogy on child development examines the effects of a death in the family on the lives of children and adults. 496 pages.



The Making and Breaking of Affectional Bonds, by John Bowlby
This selection of key lectures by John Bowlby includes the long and important one that gives the volume its title. Informed by wide clinical experience, and written with the author's well known humanity and lucidity, taken together, the lectures provide an invaluable introduction to John Bowlby's thought and work. In addition to the basic principles with which they are mainly concerned, they also contain much practical guidance of use both to parents and to members of the mental health professions. 192 pages.



John Bowlby: His Early Life : A Biographical Journey into the Roots of Attachment Theory, by Suzan Van Dijken.
A biographical journey into the roots of attachment theory. A resource for students and faculty studying or teaching attachment theory. 250 pages.



John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (The Makers of Modern Psychotherapy), by Jeremy Holmes
This book brings together for the first time the work of John Bowlby and post-Bowlbian research. As well as providing insights into the history of the psychoanalytic movement it shows how Attachment Theory can inform the practice of psychotherapy. 264 pages.



Fifty Years of Attachment Theory: Recollections of Donald Winnicott and John Bowlby (Donald Winnicott Memorial Lecture Series), by Richard Bowlby and Pearl King.
Sir Richard Bowlby qualified in medical and scientific photography in 1968 and, until he formally retired in 1999, had a successful career illustrating medical research; in particular, he helped to communicate the findings of the researchers with whom he worked by producing photographs and academic videotapes. Since retiring, his main preoccupation has been to study and disseminate more widely the work of his father, Dr. John Bowlby, the "begetter" of the body of knowledge which came to be known as "attachment theory". 46 pages.



Touch: Attachment and the Body : The John Bowlby Memorial Conference Monograph 2003, by Kate White (Editor)
Kate White is a registered Member of the Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy where she is currently Chair of the Education committee, a training therapist, supervisor and teacher. Formerly senior lecturer at South Bank University in the Department of Nursing and Community Health Studies, she has used her extensive experience in adult education in her work for the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy where she chaired the Training Standards and Membership Committee of the Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Section. In addition to working as an individual psychotherapist, Kate White is consultant to, and has run workshops for, a range of community and mental health projects on the themes of attachment and trauma. One of her particular interests is in sibling relationships. 75 pages.

John Bowlby (1907-1990) was a British developmental psychologist of the psychoanalytic tradition. He was responsible for much of the early research conducted on attachment in humans. At an early age, in accordance with upper-middle-class British tradition, he was sent to a boarding school. The experience of which propelled him to study mother-child attachment relations.

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Last Modified on: Saturday, August 08, 2009



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