1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Attachment: Theory

Edited By Paul Holmes, Steve Farnfield Copyright 2014
    202 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Attachment: Theory provides a broadly based introduction to attachment theory and associated areas, written in an accessible style by experts from around the world. The book covers the basic theories of attachment and discusses the similarities and differences of the two predominant schools of attachment theory.

    The book provides an overview of current developments in attachment theory, explaining why it is important not only to understanding infant and early child development but also to adult personality and the care we provide to our children. The Routledge Handbook of Attachment: Theory provides detailed descriptions of the leading schools of attachment theory as well as discussions of this potentially confusing and contentious area, and includes a chapter on the neuropsychological basis of attachment. The book also examines other domains and diagnoses that can be confused with issues of attachment and assesses contexts when different approaches may be more suitable.

    Providing a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the theories of attachment, The Routledge Handbook of Attachment: Theory is an indispensable guide for professionals working with children and families in community and court-based settings, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers, clinicians in training and students.

    Dedication Paul Holmes and Steve Farnfield. Contents. Contributors. Preface Paul Holmes and Steve Farnfield. Attachment Theory, Assessment and Implications Paul Holmes and Steve Farnfield. 1. ABC + D of Attachment Theory: Strange Situation Procedure as the Gold Standard of Attachment Assessment Lenny van Rosmalen, Marinus H. van Ijzendoorn and Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg 2. Why are we Interested in Attachments? Peter Fonagy, Nicolas Lorenzini, Chloe Campbell and Patrick Luyten 3. The Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) Steve Farnfield and Martin Stokowy 4. Similarities and Differences of the ABC + D Model and the DMM Classification Systems for Attachment: A Practitioner’s Guide Prachi Shah and Lane Strathearn 5. Disorganised Attachment and Reactive Attachment Disorders David Shemmings 6. Mentalizing in Attachment Contexts Patrick Luyten and Peter Fonagy 7. Attachment, Our Brains, Nervous Systems and Hormones Graham Music 8. All the A’s and an O: Psychiatric diagnostic issues - attachment is not everything Cornelia Gutjahr 9. Other Dimensions of Developmental Influences: Not everything can be explained by attachment theory Margaret DeJong.


    Paul Holmes is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who also trained as an adult psychotherapist. He worked in community child and adolescent mental health teams for many years, and with specialist services for fostered and adopted children. He has increasingly applied his long-standing interest in attachment theory to his work in providing expert psychiatric opinions to the British courts in child care proceedings.

    Steve Farnfield is a Senior Lecturer and established the MSc in Attachment Studies at the University of Roehampton, UK. He is a social worker and play therapist with many years’ experience and a licensed trainer for the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment Infant CARE-Index, Preschool Assessment of Attachment and Adult Attachment Interview developed by Patricia Crittenden.

    "For clinicians, the chapters by Margaret deJong and Cornelia Gutjahr are likely to be very helpful, especially for those working in the fields of maltreatment, looked after and adopted children, and are helpful for setting attachment theory in a broader context of the other issues that we know may present in complex formulations highlighting that attachment, whilst terribly important, is not the only show in town, even within these high-risk groups."- Matt Woolgar, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and National Academy of Parenting Research, ACAMH, November 2014