Family relationships

Learning outcomes:


By the end of this module, you should be able to:


  • describe the origins of attachment theory


  • define attachment


  • relate this to other important theories including Winnicott's concept of 'holding' and 'good enough mothering'


  • list the phases of attachment


  • describe the role of proximity-seeking behaviours


  • demonstrate how attachment develops in later childhood and adolescence


  • recognise the attachment styles and know how they are assessed 


  • compare the stability of different attachment patterns and how this may develop through the concept of internal working models 


  • consider the clinical relevance and impact of poor attachment patterns


  • describe the impact of family behaviours and parenting.


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