Attachment Theory: Developments, Debates and Recent Applications in Social Work, Social Care and Education
AbstractAttachment theory may be considered controversial given that some of its foundational principles are contested. Not only this, it is currently being developed by insights from neuroscience, another perspective that academics have subjected to critique. Nevertheless, at the beginning of the twenty-first century in England and the United Kingdom in general, there has been a renewed interest in its explanation of child development, as well as its application in schools, social care settings and the practice of professionals such as social workers and teachers. This paper outlines the core principles of attachment theory, acknowledges some of the criticisms, then traces the ways in which the theory has been developed over time. The theory is then illustrated with a description of the ways in which it is being applied in the training of foster carers, the provision of support to adoptive parents and in the school environment.
CitationHarlow, E. (2021). Attachment theory: Developments, debates and recent applications in social work, social care and education. Journal of Social Work Practice, 35(1), 79-91. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2019.1700493
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Social Work Practice on 16/12/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02650533.2019.1700493.
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