Attachment from Infancy to Adulthood: The Major Longitudinal Studies

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9781593853815: Attachment from Infancy to Adulthood: The Major Longitudinal Studies

This volume provides unique and valuable firsthand accounts of the most important longitudinal studies of attachment. Presented are a range of research programs that have broadened our understanding of early close relationships and their role in individual adaptation throughout life. In addition to discussing the findings that emerged from each study, leading investigators offer rare reflections on the process of scientific discovery. Themes addressed include the complexities of designing studies that span years or even decades; challenges in translating theoretical constructs into age-appropriate assessments; how Bowlby's original models have been refined and expanded; and how attachment interacts with other key influences on development.

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About the Author:

Klaus E. Grossmann (PhD, University of Arkansas, 1965; Hab., University of Freiburg, 1970) first discovered the work of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth while conducting ethological and experimental research at the University of Freiburg's Institute for Biology after receiving his doctoral degree. He was appointed Full Professor at Bielefeld University, Germany, in 1970, and began the Bielefeld Longitudinal Study in 1973. In 1977, he moved his laboratory to the University of Regensburg and started a second long-term longitudinal attachment study. Professor Grossmann's numerous publications include, most recently, a collection of John Bowlby's and Mary Ainsworth's key papers in German translation with commentary (coedited with Karin Grossmann).

Karin Grossmann (PhD, University of Regensburg, 1984) is a Senior Scientist in Psychology at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Dr. Grossmann's research focuses on longitudinal and cross-cultural research in attachment. Widely published, she recently coauthored (with Klaus Grossmann) a book based on the Bielefeld and Regensburg longitudinal studies. She also teaches and publishes on the applications of attachment theory and research in family matters.

Everett Waters (PhD, University of Minnesota, 1977) is Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a founding member of the New York Attachment Consortium. At the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, Dr. Waters studied ethology and evolution with William Charlesworth and the concept of development and emotional development with L. Alan Sroufe. His extensive publications include the classic volume Patterns of Attachment (coauthored with Mary Ainsworth and colleagues) and two Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.


"'The child is father to the man': Wordsworth intuited it; Freud asserted it; Bowlby systematized it; this book proves it. Grossmann, Grossmann, and Waters have assembled an illustrious gallery of top attachment and developmental researchers. They present their findings in ways that are scientifically convincing as well as highly readable and personally moving. Reductionists, eat your hearts out--or, rather, start to search for the mechanisms that underlie these incontrovertible links between childhood attachment experience and adult relational competence. This volume is a 'must' for all psychotherapeutic clinicians and child development researchers, and will become a standard text for courses in clinical psychology and social work. I will certainly use it as such in the master's program in psychological therapies that I run."--Jeremy Holmes, MD, FRCPsych, University of Exeter and University College London, UK

"This book provides a unique overview of more than 30 years of fascinating longitudinal research on attachment development. It contains marvelous reports of the seminal longitudinal studies conducted by the most well-known people in the field. The volume demonstrates in an impressive manner how empirical findings not only can confirm assumptions derived from theory, but also can challenge those assumptions and thus contribute to the ongoing development of the theory. As such, it is highly interesting reading for experienced researchers as well as students."--Gottfried Spangler, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

"Attachment theory really comes of age in this volume....Contributions written by pioneers and current giants in the field impressively connect attachment theory and research to cross-cultural variations, the social context, and human evolution. This book is required reading for anyone interested in the contemporary and long-term consequences of early close relationships."--Arnold J. Sameroff, PhD, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan

"This book presents an intriguing view of the evolution of an entire scientific field. Interwoven with important data and theoretical discussions, we find historical and personal notes from the people who have been instrumental in making child-parent attachment a central area within developmental psychology. The fascinating, up-to-date accounts in this volume will be useful and inspiring for readers in scientific and applied settings."--Gunilla Bohlin, PhD, and Berit Hagekull, PhD, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden

"Careful reading of all the chapters will provide the student of attachment theory an abundance of helpful information. Armed with this information, educators can highlight those propositions of the theory for which there is empirical support and researchers can identify areas for future research. Practitioners from a variety of practice settings can benefit from the text by understanding the complex interplay between attachment and mental health." (Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 2006-06-25)

"This volume will be welcome and informative for students of attachment theory and behavior." (Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 2006-06-25)

"This collection of international studies provides a comprehensive overview of the pioneers in attachment theory following the Bowlby-Ainsworth tradition. This book offers a unique window into the personal and professional lives of these noted scholars, who have dedicated their life's work to the study of attachment relationships. Their deep conviction in the importance of attachment theory and dedication to the science of this tradition serve as an inspirational model for the researcher clinician. This book is recommended for therapists, researchers, and teachers in the field." (The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2006-06-25)

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