Understanding Disorganised Attachment: Theory and Practice for Working with Children and Adults

Author(s) : David Shemmings, Author(s) : Yvonne Shemmings

Understanding Disorganised Attachment: Theory and Practice for Working with Children and Adults

Book Details

  • Publisher : Jessica Kingsley
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
    Attachment Theory
  • Catalogue No : 29815
  • ISBN 13 : 9781849050449
  • ISBN 10 : 1849050449

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Disorganized attachment, the most extreme form of insecure attachment, can develop in a child when the person who is normally meant to protect them is a source of danger. This usually leads to 'fear without solution' and the effects can be lasting and damaging.

This book is a comprehensive and accessible text on disorganized attachment. It outlines what it is, how it can be identified and the key causes, including neurological, biochemical and genetic explanations. Factors that contribute to disorganized attachment are covered including unresolved loss and trauma, and the behaviour of caregivers. The authors also discuss evidence-based interventions to help families and carers as well as how to work with adults to prevent or minimize its occurrence. To root the theory in practice and to illustrate real-life examples of disorganized attachment case vignettes are included.

With an authoritative research base, this accessible text will be invaluable to practitioners and academics in the fields of social care, psychology, counselling and allied health professions as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.

About the Author(s)

David Shemmings is Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. He undertook his PhD in attachment theory, and has spent most of his working life in the field of child protection.

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Yvonne Shemmings is a Continuing Professional Development Specialist and has trained professionals in over 30 child protection organizations. She is a qualified social worker and a senior manager, and her work includes the use of attachment theory in practice. Yvonne has published widely in the fields of child and adult attachment and child protection.

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