The Ramifications for Neurological Development, Resiliency and Psychopathology of Early Childhood and Adult Attachment Patterns: Therapeutic Considerations

The implications of childhood attachment patterns and neurological development have significant ramifications on adult attachment patterns, resiliency, and the development of psychopathology. This thesis explores early childhood development, childhood and adult attachment patterns, and the effect of an attachment disruption on the individual‘s brain structure and corresponding views of self and others. The client‘s pattern of attachment has vital implications for the mental health practitioner. This thesis offers therapeutic considerations for the development of an effective therapeutic alliance with each type of insecure attachment pattern. Empirical validation of the Adlerian concepts of: Life Style, early recollections and social interest are also explored.

Jennifer M. Klutch
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