A Critical Exploration of Child-Parent Attachment as a Contextual Construct

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Abstract

Bowlby’s attachment theory has been employed as a broad and integrative framework to explore human wellness across a range of disciplines. Attachment theory has even been labelled one of the last surviving “grand theories” not to have been completely dismissed, replaced, or extensively reworked. However, despite the ubiquitous nature of some of the theory’s fundamental tenets, there are always possibilities for new conceptual development, extension, and revision. In this paper, we critically explore the idea of “context-specific” attachment within parent-child relationships. We briefly outline critical assumptions and key areas of attachment and articulate potential rationale, conceptualization, and relevance of contextual attachment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-126
Number of pages14
JournalBehavioral Sciences - MDPI
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Attachment theory
  • child-parent relationships

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