Supporting families to stay together

Crook, Bradley James (2015). Supporting families to stay together. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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Literature Review: The effectiveness of attachment-based interventions when used with maltreating families.

This systematic review explores the effectiveness of attachment-based interventions when used with maltreating families. A literature search identified eleven papers testing attachment-based interventions. The results suggest that attachment-based interventions are effective at increasing parental sensitivity, enhancing attachment security and reducing rates of maltreatment, more so than non-attachment-based interventions. Strengths and weaknesses of the reviewed papers are considered and the implications of the findings are presented, in addition to suggestions for future research.

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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
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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