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Reassessing Attachment Theory in Child Welfare

Sue White, Matthew Gibson, David Wastell, and Patricia Walsh


This book offers an analysis and summary of the uses, abuses and limitations of attachment theory in contemporary child welfare practice, examining controversies and offering a new pedagogy that is responsive to the changing dynamics of contemporary families. The book shows how attachment theory can distort and influence decision-making. It argues that the dominant view of attachment theory may promote a problematic diagnostic mindset, whilst undervaluing the enduring relationships between children and adults. The book concludes that attachment theory can still play an important role in child ... More

Keywords: child attachment theory, child welfare, contemporary families, child welfare practice, child attachment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447336914
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sue White, author
University of Sheffield

Matthew Gibson, author
University of Birmingham

David Wastell, author
Nottingham University Business School