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An attachment approach to psychotherapy with the incest survivor
An attachment approach to psychotherapy with the incest survivorRésumé :
By focusing on the nature of the parent–child relationship, attachment theory provides a framework for understanding the wide array of symptoms and interpersonal problems exhibited by adult survivors of incest. There have been few systematic descriptions of the 4 main categories of adult attachment (secure, preoccupied, dismissing, and fearful/unresolved) with respect to their anticipated effects in the therapy relationship. Drawing from research on adult attachment and clinical impressions of incest survivors, the authors present the probable therapeutic issues (including transference and countertransference) associated with each attachment category as well as suggested therapist strategies for dealing with clients from each. Prototypical case descriptions of 4 women aged 32–48 yrs illustrate the use of adult attachment styles as an organizing construct in therapy with incest survivors.
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