Attachment group therapy is a form of group therapy based on attachment theory. It is a relational model that views interpersonal connection over the lifespan as a primary human drive, not something to be “worked through.” Although attachment theory is generally considered a type of psychodynamic theory, it is a theory about early learning and adaptation rather than repression and defense. Attachment group therapists use the group experience to explore attachment difficulties and develop more effective attachment behaviors.

Historical Context

Attachment theory was developed by John Bowlby (1907–1990), a British psychoanalyst. Bowlby was born to an upper-class British family that conformed to the social mores of the era. Raised mainly by a nanny and sent off to boarding school at 7 years of age, he subsequently developed ...

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