This book offers an analysis and summery of the use and limitations of child attachment theory as the basis for decision-making and planning in contemporary child welfare practice.
This book explores controversies related to increasing diagnoses of ‘attachment disorder’ in child welfare assessments and arguments both for and against the use of attachment specific therapies for children in care. The author calls for a new pedagogy of relational child welfare and considers the relevance of attachment theory to transnational and migrant families, refugees fleeing conflict, adoptive and surrogate children in diverse families and the increased number of families that are in poverty after the global financial crisis.
"Reassessing Attachment Theory in Child Welfare is an incredibly valuable intervention into debates about the use of attachment theory and research by practitioners. The authors highlight major discrepancies between the accounts of attachment of researches and of practitioners and offer some timely cautions. They also present an insightful account of why attachment theory - or, at least, a cut-down version of it - has had such appeal for child welfare practice. A terrific contribution to the literature." Matthew Gibson, University of Birmingham
Trish Walsh is Assistant Professor in Social Work at Trinity College Dublin.
Preface: becoming attached to attachment theory
Love is a wondrous state: origins and early debates
Social work and the attachment story: a felicitous bond?
Shaping practice: prescribing assessment
Practising attachment theory in child welfare
Exhibiting disorganised attachment: not even wrong?
Breaking the back of love: attachment goes neuro-molecular
Coda: love reawakened?