Understanding Attachment: Parenting, Child Care, and Emotional Development

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - 193 páginas
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Is maternal instinct fact or fiction? What special challenges do adoptive parents face? What kind of daycare is better, one with many caregivers or one with few? When is separation anxiety normal in a child? Do the experiences of early childhood always influence our ability to build and maintain social relationships as adults? Understanding Attachment helps to answer these questions and many others. This book is perfect for the reader who wants or needs a thorough understanding of attachment, but does not have time to indulge in lengthy study. Parents, child care providers, teachers, nurses, social workers, attorneys, therapists, students, and counselors will all appreciate this work.

Is maternal instinct fact or a myth? What special challenges do adoptive parents face? What kind of daycare is better, one with many caregivers or one with few? When is separation anxiety normal in a child, and when is it a sign of a developmental problem? Do the experiences of early childhood always influence our ability to build and maintain social relationships as adults? Understanding Attachment helps to answer these questions and many others. This book is perfect for the reader who wants or needs a thorough understanding of attachment, but does not have the time to indulge in lengthy study. Parents, child care providers, teachers, nurses, social workers, attorneys, therapists, students, and counselors will all appreciate this work.

Mercer defines attachment and related terms, discusses the history of the idea, and describes ways in which this aspect of emotional life can be measured. She explains developmental change and the way attachment continues to alter from infancy to adulthood. The importance of social experiences with parents and other caregivers is emphasized. Outcomes of good and poor attachment experiences are discussed, and there is material on attachment disorders. The book concludes with a description of recent work that gives a new perspective on attachment.

 

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This is a biased and poorly written book by a zealot who is a involved with a fringe group, Advocates for Children in Therapy. Mercer is neither a licensed mental health professional, therapist, nor does Mercer have any experience in treating children, families, or delivering "attachment parenting." Mercer's background and training are unrelated to the topic. This is not a book to consider.  

Contenido

What Is Attachment? The Study of Emotional Ties
1
Babies History War and Politics Early Work on the Attachment Concept
13
The Growth of Attachment Theory Connecting Ideas through Research
33
Attachment Age and Change Emotional Ties from Birth to Parenthood
55
Families Experiences and Outcomes What Difference Does Attachment History Make?
79
Attachment Mental Health and Psychotherapy Emotional Ties and Emotional Disturbance
103
What Everybody Knows Popular Views of Attachment
127
New Directions Parents Children and Attachment Concepts
149
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Jean Mercer is Professor of Psychology in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Richard Stockton College and President of the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health. She is also co-author of Attachment Therapy On Trial (Praeger, 2003).

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