This will be a key new text for modules on Children and Families on the qualifying Social Work degree, and on PQ courses in this area, and should also be used on Assessment & Intervention modules. It will also have wider appeal across Health and Social Care and on the new EYPS programmes – the market is wide ranging.

Attachment Issues

Attachment issues

Attachment to one or more close relationships from birth is seen as the foundation for future development and the application of this concept in instances of emotional abuse and neglect is explored in this chapter.

Chapter Overview

  • The relevance of attachment theory
  • The case of Candace Newmaker: ‘attachment therapy’ under scrutiny
  • Theraplay
  • Parent and Child Therapy in Action (PACT)
  • Attachment theory in other relationships

Given what we have learnt of the damaging effects of neglect and emotional abuse on the young child's brain architecture and development, there may seem little point in intervention, especially with older children. However, the brain continues to evolve throughout the lifespan, and is dynamic, ever changing and ‘plastic’ in that new experiences can change its functioning. Having said that, as Karmiloff-Smith (2010, ...

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