Widely regarded as the state-of-the-science reference on attachment, this handbook interweaves theory and cutting-edge research with clinical applications. Leading researchers examine the origins and development of attachment theory; present biological and evolutionary perspectives; and explore the role of attachment processes in relationships, including both parent-child and romantic bonds. Implications for mental health and psychotherapy are addressed, with reviews of exemplary attachment-oriented interventions for children and adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Contributors discuss best practices in assessment and critically evaluate available instruments and protocols.
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*Chapters on genetics and epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, and sexual mating.
*Chapters on compassion, school readiness, and the caregiving system across the lifespan.
*Chapter probing the relationship between attachment and other developmental influences.
*Nearly a decade's worth of theoretical and empirical advances.