Treating attachment disorders : from theory to therapy /
020321s2002 xxu b 001 0 eng d
|aTreating attachment disorders : |bfrom theory to therapy / |cKarl Heinz Brisch ; translated by Kenneth Kronenberg ; foreword by Lotte Kjhler ; afterword by Inge Bretherton
|aNew York : |bGuilford Press, |c2002
|axxvi, 294 p ; |c24 cm
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 265-283) and index
|aAttachment theory and its basic concepts--Historical overview--The development of the concepts of attachment theory--Attachment disorders--Attachment and psychopathology--The theory of attachment disorder--Attachment classification in diagnostic manuals--The diagnosis and typology of attachment disorders--Attachment therapy--Therapeutic theory--Treatment technique--Treatment cases from clinical practice--Manifestations of attachment disorders prior to conception--Prenatal attachment disorders--Postnatal attachment disorder--Attachment disorders in childhood--Attachment disorders in school-age children--Attachment disorders in adolescence--Attachment disorders in adults
Attachment theory and research have greatly enhanced our understanding of the role of parent-child relationships in the development of psychopathology. Yet until now, little has been written on how an attachment perspective can be used to actively inform psychotherapeutic practice. In this invaluable work, Karl Heinz Brisch presents an attachment-oriented framework for assessing and treating patients of all ages. Rich, extended case examples form the core of the book. Demonstrated are the ways attachment-oriented interventions can effectively be used to treat a wide range of patients: couples trying unsuccessfully to conceive, women with severe postpartum depression, children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disturbances, adults with relationship difficulties and work problems, and others. Applications in short- and long-term psychotherapy are discussed, as well as use of the model in such other contexts as prevention in infant mental health, family therapy, and group work. A vital resource for practitioners, this book is also a compelling text for graduate-level psychotherapy courses.