Centre for Social Work Practice

Adult Attachment in Clinical Social Work Practice: Practice, Research, and Policy

Review posted January 01, 2010


By Susanne Bennett and Judith Kay Nelson, Springer

The applicability of attachment theory and research to social work and social policy relating to infants and children is well-established. Yet, its usefulness for enhancing the understanding of adults and their needs, both individually and as a group, has been less featured in the attachment literature.

Adult Attachment in Clinical Social Work Practice is a wide-ranging look at attachment theory and research, its application to adults, and its natural fit with the social work profession. This edited volume covers the applicability of adult attachment theory to the clinical social work profession’s various domains that include human behavior, practice, policy, research, and social work education. It addresses the broad spectrum of clinical social work, including practice in a variety of public and private settings and with a number of diverse populations, including racial-ethnic groups, gays and lesbians, trauma survivors, and child welfare parents.

The book highlights the underemphasized contribution of the social work profession to the development of attachment theory and research.

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