Goodwin, I. (2003). The relevance of attachment theory to the philosophy, organization, and practice of adult mental health care. Clinical Psychology Review, 23(1), 35.

This review is an inquiry into the relevance of attachment theory to the current philosophy, organization, and practice of adult mental health care, via an examination of the literature relating to attachment theory and, in particular, the literature relating to research into adult attachment. The review does not seek to critique attachment theory itself, but considers carefully the relevance of the theory to adulthood and to the field of adult mental health. In so doing, research into individual difficulties is examined, as is the provision and delivery of therapeutic services. In addition, the literature regarding the importance of mental health staff's own attachments and the influence of attachment theory of mental health service philosophy and organization are evaluated. Finally, potential areas for future research and development in this field are suggested. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)

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