The Science and Clinical Practice of Attachment Theory: A Guide from Infancy to Adulthood (Paperback)

The Science and Clinical Practice of Attachment Theory: A Guide from Infancy to Adulthood By Brian Allen Cover Image
Email or call for price


This book summarizes attachment processes across the lifespan and reviews clinical applications with infants, children, adolescents, and adults.

Attachment theory is often mischaracterized as focusing solely on maternal influences in early childhood, but developmental science has explored the important roles that other attachment figures play throughout one's life, including foster parents, social peers, and romantic partners. Following the history and evolution of attachment research, this book translates foundational knowledge into clinical practice by reviewing interventions such as parent training techniques, attachment-based family therapy, and mentalization-based therapy. These attachment-based interventions are differentiated from other, harmful treatments that have been erroneously linked to attachment theory, being labeled by their proponents as "attachment therapy."

Key concepts such as internal working models and secure vs. insecure attachment scripts are described, as are important assessment measures like the strange situation procedure and the adult attachment interview. Special features highlight notable topics and controversies in attachment theory and research and present case studies that bring clinical guidance to life.

About the Author

Brian Allen, PsyD, is Director of Mental Health Services in the Center for the Protection of Children at the Penn State Children's Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. He conducts research on the developmental impact of childhood trauma and maltreatment, the effectiveness and implementation of clinical interventions for children, and problematic sexual behavior among preteen children. He has authored numerous works on the clinical application of attachment theory, including "A RADical Idea" (2016), one of the most-read and most-cited articles in the journal Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781433837616
ISBN-10: 1433837617
Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
Publication Date: January 10th, 2023
Pages: 307
Language: English