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Attachment in the Preschool Years

Theory, Research, and Intervention

This collection of original articles by leading specialists in child development brings together work from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to establish, for the first time, the importance of the preschool period (eighteen months to four years)for parent-child attachment relationships. Balancing theoretical, research-oriented, and clinical papers, Attachment in the Preschool Years provides valuable data and approaches for those working in a wide range of fields, including developmental psychology and psychopathology, child psychiatry, family therapy, pediatrics, nursing, and early childhood education.

"There is a wealth of information and thought in this book; it does not have a weak or uninteresting chapter, starting with the Preface by Emde, and as a whole, it forms a sort of seminar."—John E. Bates, Contemporary Psychology

Table of Contents

Preface: The Third Phase of Attachment Research - Robert N. Emde
Introduction: History of a Collaboration in the Study of Attachment - Mark T. Greenberg, Dante Cicchetti, and E. Mark Cummings
Part I: Theoretical Issues
1. An Organizational Perspective on Attachment beyond Infancy: Implications for Theory, Measurement, and Research - Dante Cicchetti, E. Mark Cummings, Mark T. Greenberg, and Robert S. Marvin
2. A Family Systems Framework for the Study of Attachment - Robert S. Marvin and Robert B. Stewart
3. Theoretical and Methodological Considerations in the Study of Attachment and the Self in Young Children - Jude Cassidy
4. Procedures for Identifying Infants as Disorganized/Disoriented during the Ainsworth Strange Situation - Mary Main and Judith Solomon
5. Parents’ Unresolved Traumatic Experiences Are Related to Infant Disorganized Attachment Status: Is Frightened and/or Frightening Parental Behavior the Linking Mechanism? - Mary Main and Erik Hesse
Part II: Research on the Normal Development of Attachment in Preschool Years
6. The Developmental Reorganization of Attachment Relationships: Guidelines for Classification beyond Infancy - Karen Schneider-Rosen
7. Security of the Toddler-Parent Attachment: Relation to Children’s Sociopersonality Functioning during Kindergarten - M. Ann Easterbrooks and Wendy A. Goldberg
8. Attachment as a Basis for Independent Motivation: A View from Risk and Nonrisk Samples - Christine Maslin-Cole and Susan J. Spieker
9. Assessing Internal Working Models of the Attachment Relationship: An Attachment Story Completion Task for 3-Year-Olds - Inge Bretherton, Doreen Ridgeway, and Julie Cassidy
Part III: Developmental Psychopathology of Attachment
10. Classification of Attachment on a Continuum of Felt Security: Illustrations from the Study of Children of Depressed Parents - E. Mark Cummings
11. Toward a Transactional Model of Relations between Attachment and Depression - E. Mark Cummings and Dante Cicchetti
Part IV: Clinical Intervention from an Attachment Perspective
12. Disorders of Attachment and Secure Base Behavior in the Second Year of Life: Conceptual Issues and Clinical Intervention - Alicia F. Lieberman and Jeree H. Pawl
13. The Treatment of Preschool Conduct Problems: An Integration of Behavioral and Attachment Concepts - Matthew L. Speltz
14. Security of Attachment in Toddlerhood: Modifying Assessment Procedures for Joint Clinical and Research Purposes - J. Lawrence Aber and Amy J.L. Baker
Part V: Epilogue
Some Considerations Regarding Theory and Assessment Relevent to Attachments beyond Infancy - Mary D. Salter Ainsworth

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