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Adult Attachment in the Context of Social Work





Introduction I
Howe, D. (2011). Attachment across the Lifecourse: A Brief Introduction.
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-95
Introduction II
Howe, p. 96-228
Origins of Attachment Theory
a. Bowlby, J. The Origins of Attachment Theory. (1988.) In A Secure
Base. New York: Basic Books.
b. Hesse, E. (1999). The Adult Attachment Interview: Historical and
current perspectives. In J. Cassidy & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of
attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications pp. 395-433.
New York: Guilford Press.
c. Ainsworth, M. (1979). Infant-Mother Attachment. American
Psychologist 34(10), 932-937.
d. Brennan, K. A., Clark, C. L., & Shaver, P. R. (1998). Self-report
measurement of adult attachment: An integrative overview. In J. A.
Simpson & W. S. Rholes, (Eds.), Attachment theory and close
relationships, p. 46-76. New York: Guilford Press.
Personality and the self
a. Noftle, E. E., & Shaver, P. R. (2006). Attachment dimensions and the big
five personality traits: Associations and comparative ability to predict
relationship quality. Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 179-208.
b. Wallin, D. 2015. Attachment Relationships and the Development of the
Self and From Attachment Theory to Clinical Practice in Attachment
in Psychotherapy. New York: Guilford Press.
c. (recommended) Edelstein, R. S. & Gillath, O. (2008). Avoiding
Interference: Adult Attachment and Emotional Processing Biases.
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 34(2), 171-181.
d. (recommended) Edelstein, R. S., & Shaver, P. R. (2004). Avoidant
Attachment: Exploration of an Oxymoron. In D. J. Mashek, & A. P. Aron
(Eds). Handbook of closeness and intimacy p. 397-412. Mahwah:
Lawrence Erlbaum.
e. (recommended) Bowlby, J. (1988). The Role of Attachment in
Personality Development in A Secure Base. New York: Basic Books.
Attachment in therapy
a. Wallin, D. Attachment Patterns in Psychotherapy and Sharpening the
Clinical Focus in Attachment in Psychotherapy.
b. Bowlby, J. Attachment, Communication, and Therapeutic Process in A
Secure Base.
Romantic relationships
a. Hazan, C., & Shaver, P. R. (1987). Romantic love conceptualized as an
attachment process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52,

b. Fraley, R. C., & Shaver, P. R. (1998). Airport separations: A naturalistic

study of adult attachment dynamics in separating couples. Journal of
Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 1198-1212.
c. Johnson, S. M. (2004). Attachment Theory: A Guide for Healing Couple
Relationships. In W. S. Rholes, & Simpson, J. A. (Eds). Adult
attachment: Theory, research, and clinical implications. (pp. 367-387).
New York: Guilford.
d. Diamond, L. M. (2003). What does sexual orientation orient? A
biobehavioral model distinguishing romantic love and sexual desire.
Psychological Review, 110, 173-192.
e. (recommended) Johnson, S. and Makinen, J. (2001). Attachment
injuries in Couple Relationships: A New Perspective on Impasses in
Couples Therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 27(2), 145155.
VII. Intimate Partner Violence
a. Buttell, F., Muldoon, J., & Carney, M. (2005). An Application of
Attachment Theory to Court-Mandated Batterers. Journal of Family
Violence, 20(4), 211-217.
b. Dutton, D. G., Saunders, K., Starzomski, A., & Bartholomew, K. (1994).
Intimacy-anger and insecure attachment as precursors of abuse in
intimate relationships. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24, 13671367.
c. Alexander, P. C. (2009). Childhood trauma, attachment, and abuse by
multiple partners. Psychological trauma: Theory, research, practice,
and policy, 1(1), 78.
d. Godbout, N., Dutton, D. G., Lussier, Y., & Sabourin, S. (2009). Early
exposure to violence, domestic violence, attachment representations,
and marital adjustment. Personal Relationships, 16(3), 365-384.
e. Carpenter, G. L., & Stacks, A. M. (2009). Developmental effects of
exposure to intimate partner violence in early childhood: A review of
the literature. Children and Youth Services Review, 31(8), 831-839.
(skim for references to attachment)
VIII. Psychopathology
a. Bowlby, J. On Knowing What You Are Not Supposed to Know and
Feeling What You Are Not Supposed to Feel. in A Secure Base.
b. Bateman, A. W., & Fonagy, P. (2003). The development of an
attachment-based treatment program for borderline personality
disorder. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 67(3: Special Issue), 187-211.
c. Attachment and psychopathology in adulthood. Dozier, Mary; StovallMcClough, K. Chase; Albus, Kathleen E Cassidy, Jude (Ed); Shaver,
Phillip R. (Ed), (2008). Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and
clinical applications (2nd ed.). , (pp. 718-744). New York, NY, US:
Guilford Press, xix, 1020 pp
d. Allen, J. P., Hauser, S. T., & Borman-Spurrell, E. (1996). Attachment
theory as a framework for understanding sequelae of severe

adolescent psychopathology: An 11-year follow-up study. Journal of

Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 254-263.





a. Fonagy, P; Target, M; Steele, M; Steele, H; (1997) The development of
violence and crime as it relates to security of attachment. In: Osofsky,
JD, (ed.) Children in a violent society. (pp. 150-177). Guilford Press:
New York. Ansbro, M. (2008).
b. Using Attachment Theory with Offenders. Probation Journal 5(3), 231244.
c. van IJzendoorn, M. H. (1997). Attachment, Emergent Morality, and
Aggression: Toward a Developmental Socioemotional Model of
Antisocial Behaviour. International Journal of Behavioral Development
21(4), 703-727.
d. Sawle, G.A. (2001). Adult Attachment Style and Pedophilia: A
Developmental Perspective. International Journal of Offender Therapy
and Comparative Criminology 45(1), 32-50.
Child Welfare
a. Bowlby, J. Violence in the Family in A Secure Base.
b. Howe, D., Dooley, T., & Hinings, D. (2000). Assessment and decisionmaking in a case of child neglect and abuse using an attachment
perspective. Child and Family Social Work, 5(2), 143-156.
c. Smyke, A. T., Zeanah, C. H., Gleason, M. M., Drury, S. S., Fox, N. A.,
Nelson, C. A., & Guthrie, D. (2012). A randomized controlled trial
comparing foster care and institutional care for children with signs of
reactive attachment disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry 169(5),
d. Egeland, B., Jacobvitz, D., & Sroufe, L. A. (1988). Breaking the cycle of
abuse. Child Development, 59, 1080-1088.
a. Fraley, R. C. & Shaver, P. R. (2008). Attachment, loss, and grief:
Bowlbys views and current controversies. In J. Cassidy & P. R. Shaver
(Eds.), The Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical
applications (2nd ed., pp. 48-77). New York: Guilford.
b. Bowlby, J. (1980). Loss of Spouse, Loss of Child, Disordered
Variants, in Attachment and Loss, Volume III: Loss, Sadness, and
Depression. New York: Basic Books, p. 81-125, 137-171.
a. Mikulincer, M., & Shaver, P. R. (2001). Attachment theory and
intergroup bias: Evidence that priming the secure base schema
attenuates negative reactions to out-groups. Journal of Personality and
Social Psychology, 81, 97-115.

b. Mikulincer, M., & Horesh, N. (1999). Adult attachment style and the
perception of others: The role of projective mechanisms. Journal of
Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 1022-1034.
c. Chen, H. J., Mallinckrodt, B., & Mobley, M. (2002). Attachment patterns
of East Asian international students and sources of perceived social
support as moderators of the impact of US racism and cultural distress.
Asian Journal of Counselling, 9(1-2), 27-48.
d. Gillath, O., Shaver, P. R., & Mikulincer, M. (2005). An attachmenttheoretical approach to compassion and altruism. In P. Gilbert (Ed.),
Compassion: Its nature and use in psychotherapy (pp. 121-147).
London: Brunner-Routledge.
XIII. Culture
a. Bowlby, J. Mourning in other cultures. In Attachment and Loss,
Volume III.
b. Doherty, R. W., Hatfield, E., Thompson, K., & Choo, P. (1994). Cultural
and ethnic influences on love and attachment. Personal Relationships,
1(4), 391-398.
c. Agishtein, P., & Brumbaugh, C. (2013). Cultural variation in adult
attachment: The impact of ethnicity, collectivism, and country of
origin. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 7(4),
d. Rothbaum, F., Weisz, J., Pott, M., Miyake, K., & Morelli, G. (2000).
Attachment and culture: Security in the United States and Japan.
American Psychologist, 55(10), 1093.