Attachment and caregiving

Elliott, Amy Margaret (2013). Attachment and caregiving. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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This thesis is comprised of two volumes submitted to fulfil the academic requirements for the degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Clin.Psy.D), School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.

The first volume contains three papers which explore the broad theme of attachment and caregiving. The first paper, a literature review, examines the role of the caregiver in helping the infant to establish a secure attachment relationship. Specifically, it explores whether the caregiver’s ability to understand the world from the infant’s perspective is conducive to the development of attachment security.

The second paper, reports an empirical study which considers caregiving in spouse partnerships where one person has dementia. The research explores caregivers’ perceptions of change within their relationship from an attachment perspective. It was hypothesised that attachment theory may potentially help to explain why some individuals experience continuity and others discontinuity.

The third paper is a public domain briefing paper which comprises a summary of the literature review and empirical paper. This includes a case formulation (from two different psychological perspectives), a service evaluation, a single case experimental design and a case study. The last report is an abstract describing a case study clinical presentation.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology


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