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.
|Title of host publication
|Subtitle of host publication
|Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives
|Taylor and Francis
|Number of pages
|Published - Jan 1 2013
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