John Bowlby and Attachment Theory
Routledge – 2014 – 248 pages
Series: Makers of Modern Psychotherapy
Second edition, completely revised and updated
John Bowlby is one of the outstanding psychological theorists of the twentieth century. This new edition of John Bowlby and Attachment Theory is both a biographical account of Bowlby and his ideas and an up-to-date introduction to contemporary attachment theory and research, now a dominant force in psychology, counselling, psychotherapy and child development.
Jeremy Holmes traces the evolution of Bowlby’s work from a focus on delinquency, material deprivation and his dissatisfaction with psychoanalysis's imperviousness to empirical science to the emergence of attachment theory as a psychological model in its own right. This new edition traces the explosion of interest, research and new theories generated by Bowlby’s followers, including Mary Main’s discovery of Disorganised Attachment and development of the Adult Attachment Interview, Mikulincer and Shaver’s explorations of attachment in adults and the key contributions of Fonagy, Bateman and Target. The book also examines advances in the biology and neuroscience of attachment.
Thoroughly accessible yet academically rigorous, and written by a leading figure in the field, John Bowlby and Attachment Theory is still the perfect introduction to attachment for students of psychology, psychiatry, counselling, social work and nursing.
Praise for the first edition:
'This is a book to treasure: thought-provoking, stimulating and illustrative of how John Bowlby's ideas are 'alive' today and I would recommend this book to any counsellor/therapist interested in attachment theory: it is packed with information, articulately presented, and generally jargon free.' - Counselling
'An excellent overview of Bowlby's view of the interactive nature of development and how an understanding of this can be applied to the attachment processes of relationships such as psychotherapy.' - The Lancet
Part 1: Origins. Part 2: Attachment Theory. Part 3: Implications.
Jeremy Holmes worked for 35 years as a consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist in the National Health Service. He is currently visiting professor at the University of Exeter, UK, where he set up a Doctoral programme in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In 2009, he received the prestigious Bowlby-Ainsworth Award for his contributions to the field of attachment.