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Attachment processes in couple and family therapy
Johnson, Susan M.
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New York : The Guilford Press, [2003]

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xvii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction to attachment : a therapist's guide to primary relationships and their renewal / Susan M. Johnson -- Adult attachment theory, psychodynamics, and couple relationships : an overview / Dory A. Schachner, Phillip R. Shaver, Mario Mikulincer -- Essential nature of couple relationships / Cindy Hazan -- Stability and change of attachment representations from cradle to grave / Elaine Scharfe -- Alternate pathways to competence : culture and early attachment relationships / Vivian J. Carlson, Robin L. Harwood -- Attachment theory : a guide for couple therapy / Susan M. Johnson -- Attachment processes in couple therapy : informing behavioral models / Joanne Davila -- Caring for the caregiver : an attachment approach to assessment and treatment of child problems / Roger Kobak, Toni Mandelbaum -- Creating and repairing attachments in biological, foster, and adoptive families / Terry M. Levy, Michael Orlans -- Attachment based family therapy for depressed adolescents : repairing attachment failures / Guy S. Diamond, Richard S. Stern -- First couple : using watch, wait and wonder to change troubled infant mother relationships / Nancy J. Cohen, Elisabeth Muir, Mirek Lojkasek -- Journey of adolescence : transitions in self within the context of attachment relationships / Marlene M. Moretti, Roy Holland -- Implications of adult attachment for preventing adverse marital outcomes / Rebecca J. Cobb, Thomas N. Bradbury -- Attachment in late life : implications for intervention with older adults / J. Michael Bradley, Gail Palmer -- Using an attachment-based intervention with same-sex couples / Gordon J. Josephson -- Looking outward together : adult attachment and childbearing depression / Valerie E. Whiffen -- Understanding the effects of child sexual abuse history on current couple relationships : an attachment perspective / Pamela C. Alexander -- Attachment and the experience of chronic pain : a couples perspective / Samuel F. Mikail -- What attachment theory can offer marital and family therapists / Valerie E. Whiffen.
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This practical book presents cutting-edge approaches to couple and family therapy that use attachment theory as the basis for new clinical understandings. Fresh and provocative insights are provided on the nature of interactions between adult partners and among parents and children; the role of attachment in distressed and satisfying relationships; and the ways attachment-oriented interventions can address individual problems as well as marital conflict and difficult family transitions. With contributions from leading clinicians and researchers, the volume offers both general strategies and specific techniques for helping clients build stronger, more supportive relational bonds.

Author Notes

Susan M. Johnson, EdD, is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada; Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University in San Diego; Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy ( ); and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. Widely published, she is the leading developer of emotionally focused therapy, which she teaches extensively in North America and internationally. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of honors including the Order of Canada--the highest civilian award given by the Canadian government, for outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation--and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. Her website is .

Valerie E. Whiffen, PhD, Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, has published widely in the area of depression, particularly focusing on women's depression. In recent publications, she has explored an attachment theory-based understanding of depression that co-occurs with marital distress. Dr. Whiffen teaches graduate courses in adult psychopathology and interpersonal theory, and supervises the clinical work of practicum students and interns in the American Psychological Association-accredited clinical psychology program at the University of Ottawa. She is a registered clinical psychologist and maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of depression and marital distress.

Table of Contents

I Relevance of Attachment Theory for Clinical Practice
1 Introduction to Attachment: A Therapist's Guide to Primary Relationships and Their RenewalSusan M. Johnson
2 Adult Attachment Theory, Psychodynamics, and Couple Relationships: An OverviewDory A. Schachner and Phillip R. Shaver and Mario Mikulincer
3 The Essential Nature of Couple RelationshipsCindy Hazan
4 Stability and Change of Attachment Representations from Cradle to GraveElaine Scharfe
5 Alternate Pathways to Competence: Culture and Early Attachment RelationshipsVivian J. Carlson and Robin L. Harwood
II Models of Clinical Intervention
6 Attachment Theory: A Guide for Couple TherapySusan M. Johnson
7 Attachment Processes in Couple Therapy: Informing Behavioral ModelsJoanne Davila
8 Caring for the Caregiver: An Attachment Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Child ProblemsRoger Kobak and Toni Mandelbaum
9 Creating and Repairing Attachments in Biological, Foster, and Adoptive FamiliesTerry M. Levy and Michael Orlans
10 Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents: Repairing Attachment FailuresGuy S. Diamond and Richard S. Stern
III Using an Attachment Perspective in Interventions with Particular Populations
11 The First Couple: Using Watch, Wait, and Wonder to Change Troubled Infant-Mother RelationshipsNancy J. Cohen and Elisabeth Muir and Mirek Lojkasek
12 The Journey of Adolescence: Transitions in Self within the Context of Attachment RelationshipsMarlene M. Moretti and Roy Holland
13 Implications of Adult Attachment for Preventing Adverse Marital OutcomesRebecca J. Cobb and Thomas N. Bradbury
14 Attachment in Later Life: Implications for Intervention with Older AdultsJ. Michael Bradley and Gail Palmer
15 Using an Attachment-Based Intervention with Same-Sex CouplesGordon J. Josephson
IV Specific Attachment Interventions for Particular Problems
16 Looking Outward Together: Adult Attachment and Childbearing DepressionValerie E. Whiffen
17 Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse History on Current Couple Relationships: An Attachment PerspectivePamela C. Alexander
18 Attachment and the Experience of Chronic Pain: A Couples PerspectiveSamuel F. Mikail
V Conclusion
19 What Attachment Theory Can Offer Marital and Family TherapistsValerie E. Whiffen