The Adlerian View of Attachment and Its Relationship to the Development of the Cognitive Schema

Degree of secure attachment is an important predictor of mental health at both early and late development periods. When insecure attachments occur between children and caregivers, adverse behavioral and emotional problems are often a result in childhood and adulthood. The developing cognitive schema is affected by attachment style during this critical period of early maturation. The developing cognitive schema that results from early experiences with caregivers influences adult interpretations of reality. This paper explores the interaction between early-life attachments and the Adlerian view regarding the construction of the cognitive schema. Recommendations are made as to how therapists can treat children, adolescents, and adults who suffer from attachment difficulties.

Jeremy James Stapel
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