1st Edition

Attachment and Family Systems
Conceptual, Empirical and Therapeutic Relatedness

ISBN 9781138869585
Published June 23, 2015 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

IAttachment and Family Systems is a cogent and compelling text addressing the undeniable overlap between two systems of thought that deal with the nature of interpersonal relationships and how these impact functioning. In this enlightening work, leading thinkers in the field apply attachment theory within a systemic framework to a variety of life cycle transitional tasks and clinical issues.

Table of Contents


1. Implications of Attachment Research for the Field of Family Therapy, Robert Marvin


2. Family Level Emotional Climate and its Impact on the Flexibility of Relationship Representations, Jean Talbot and James McHale


3. Attachment Theory Applied to Adolescents, Stacy Cretzmeyer

4. Adolescence and Attachment: From Theory to Treatment Implications, Susan Mackey


5. Therapy with Clients' Attachment-Related Love and Work Struggles, Carole Pistole

6. The Systemic Nature of Couple Relationships: An Attachment Perspective, Judy Feeney

7. A Systemic Approach to Restructuring Adult Attachment: The EFT Model of Couples Therapy, Susan M. Johnson and Marlene Best


8. Linking Systems and Attachment Theory: A Conceptual Framework for Marital Violence, Claire Haslam and Phyllis Erdman

9. An Approach to Treatment of Attachment Issues in the Adult and Child Subsystems Through the Use of Thematic Play Therapy in Conjunction with Couples Therapy, Michael R. Carns, Robin English, Leslie Huling, Ann Carns

10. Integrative Systemic Approaches to Attachment-Related Trauma, Sylvia Marotta

11. Attachment Theory and Family Systems Theory as Frameworks for Understanding the Intergenerational Transmission of Family Violence, Pamela Alexander and Stephanie Warner

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"This book is a valuable contribution to the field. Erdman and Caffery present the logical combination of two powerful theories for change. It provides the clearest and most up-to-date statement on current thinking." -- Patricia Stevens, PhD, President, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
"This book addresses, in an intriguing manner, the compelling overlap between two systems of thought that address the nature of interpersonal relationships and how these impact functioning throughout the lifespan." -- Mo Therese Hannah, PhD, Siena College

"A timely exploration of how the two systems of thought might be combined. …does an excellent job reviewing the current state of play. In bringing together a range of informed and therapeutically talented contributors, the editors help re-unite two of psychology’s leading theories on the nature of interpersonal relationships, socio-emotional development and psychological change." -- David Howe, BSc, MA, PhD, PGCE, CQSW, University of East Anglia