1st Edition

Attachment Expanding the Cultural Connections

Edited By Phyllis Erdman, Kok-Mun Ng Copyright 2010
    352 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Attachment: Expanding the Cultural Connections is an exciting exploration of the latest trends in the theory and application of attachment within cross-cultural settings. The book's insightful analysis, remarkable case studies, and groundbreaking research make it essential reading for any clinician or scholar interested in perceptions of love and attachment.

    Part I: Introduction. Metzger, Erdman, Ng, Attachment in Cultural Contexts. Part II: Conceptual Extensions and Measurement Issues. Wang, Song, Adult Attachment Reconceptualized. Imamoğlu, Imamoğlu, Attachment Within a Cultural Perspective. Behrens, Amae through the Eyes of Japanese Mothers. Gassin, Cultural Variations in the Link Between Attachment and Bereavement. Shaver, Mikulincer, Alonso-Arbiol, Lavy, Assessment of Adult Attachment Across Cultures. Karakurt, Kafescioğlu, Keiley, Cross-cultural Adult Attachment Research. Morgenstern, Magai, The Utility of the Adult Attachment Interview in the United States. Part III: Child-caregiver Attachment. Jin, Jacobvitz, Hazen, A Cross-cultural Study of Attachment in Korea and the U.S. Sümer, Kağıtçıbaşı, Culturally Relevant Parenting Predictors of Attachment Security. Tomlinson, Murray, Cooper, Attachment Theory, Culture, and Africa. Part IV: Adult Attachment. Yalçınkaya, Rapoza, Malley-Morrison, Adult Attachment in Cross-cultural and International Research. Schmitt, Romantic Attachment from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Hatfield, Rapson, Culture, Attachment Style, and Romantic Relationships. Johri, Mothering from the Margins. Shi, Adult Attachment Patterns and Their Consequences in Romantic Relationships. Part V: Clinical Applications. Peluso, Miranda, Firpo-Jimenez, Pham, Attachment Dynamics and Latin Cultures. Shi, Contextual Thinking in Attachment.


    Phyllis Erdman, PhD, is a Professor and Interim Dean in Washington State University’s College of Education. She has published numerous articles on family therapy and is co-editor of Attachment and Family Systems: Conceptual, Empirical, and Therapeutic Relatedness (Routledge, 2003).

    Kok-Mun Ng, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and provides counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Ng has authored several professional journal articles and book chapters on couples and family therapy and counselor training.

    “This book is an enthralling journey across the globe and into the hearts of people of different cultures. In a timely and relevant manner, the authors chart the universals of attachment and bonding and context specific differences. The authors ask: how does a belief in predestination change attachment in Chinese lovers? And how does the image of the daughter as a guest impact parental love in India? This book offers a rich tapestry of how attachment tells a universal story and shifts in different worlds and helps move into the clinical application of this theory across cultures.” - Sue Johnson, author of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (2008), Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University, San Diego, USA

    Attachment: Expanding the Cultural Connections is so unique among scholarly publications that it will likely become standard reading for scholars interested in culturally based attachment issues. It is a comprehensive and varied international and cross-cultural resource that gives counseling and psychotherapy students, clinicians, and researchers the opportunity to learn about and compare the universality of attachment theory.”- Alan J. Hovestadt, Professor of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University and Past President, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, USA

    “The authors provide empirical evidence of culturally bound patterns of relationships that serve as a foundation for effective living . . . this book is an essential read for practitioners and researchers alike.” - Cirecie West-Olatunji, Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Florida and Past President, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, USA

    Attachment: Expanding the Cultural Connections is a timely and valuable resource for rectifying the insufficient attention to and understanding of the role and interaction of cross-cultural perspectives in attachment theory and its applications. I highly recommend it.” - Richard E. Watts, Director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Counselor Education, Sam Houston State University, and editor of Counseling and Values, USA