Child Maltreatment and Attachment Organization: Implications for Intervention

Dante Cicchetti, Sheree L. Toth

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In recent years, John Bowlby’s (1969-1982) attachment theory has had a major impact on efforts to provide a framework within which to conceptualize, treat, and understand the etiology and transmission of some forms of risk for developmental maladaptation and psychopathology. This is a fitting legacy for a theorist whose professional life course was influenced by volunteer work at a school for maladjusted children while formulating his career goals (Bretherton, 1992). Despite his training as an analyst and Melanie Klein’s influence on his development, Bowlby held steadfastly to his belief in the importance of eady family relationships for personality development. Although not as frequently recognized, he also emphasized the importance of societal support in fostering the bond between parent and child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAttachment Theory
Subtitle of host publicationSocial, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781135890520
ISBN (Print)9781138147263
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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