Recommended reading

These books and journal articles explain the most important aspects of attachment in adults and children, child maltreatment, treatment approaches, parenting and related social issues.

  • Achor, S. (2010). The happiness advantage. New York: Crown.
  • Ainsworth, M.D.S., Blehar, M.C., Waters, E., & Wall, S. (1978).  Patterns of attachment: A psychological study of the strange situation.  Hillsdale, NJ:  Erlbaum.
  • American Psychiatric Association (2013).  Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association.
  • Arden, J.B., & Linford, L. (2009). Brain-based therapy for children and adolescents. New York: Wiley.
  • Badenoch, B. (2008). Being a brain-wise therapist: A practical guide to interpersonal neurobiology. W.W. Norton & Company: New York.
  • Baylin, J., & Hughes, D. (2012). Brain-based parenting. Psychotherapy Networker, 36(1), 38-57.
  • Bowlby, J. (1969).  Attachment and loss. Vol. I:  Attachment.  New York:  Basic Books.
  • Bowlby, J. (l973)  Attachment and loss: Vol. 2. Separation, anxiety and anger.  New York: Basic Books.
  • Bowlby, J. (l980)  Attachment and loss: Vol. 3. Loss, sadness and depression.  New York: Basic Books.
  • Bowlby, J. (1988a).  A secure base:  Parent-child attachment and healthy human development.  New York:  Basic Books.
  • Brazelton, T.B., & Cramer, B.G. (1990). The earliest relationship.  New York: Addison-Wesley.
  • Bremmer, J.D. (2002). Does stress damage the brain?  New York:  W.W. Norton.
  • Cohen, J. (2013). The hell of American day care. The New Republic, April 29, 2013, 20-27.
  • Cozolino, L. (2006). The neuroscience of human relationships: Attachment and the developing brain. New York: Norton.
  • D’Andrea, W., Ford, J., Stolbach, B., & van der Kolk. B. (2012). Understanding interpersonal trauma in children. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82,187-200.
  • Dozier, M., Lindhiem, O., & Ackerman, J. P. (2005). Attachment and biobehavioral catch-up: An intervention targeting empirically identified needs of foster infants. In L. J. Berlin, Y. Ziv, L. Amaya-Jackson, & M. T. Greenberg (Eds.), Enhancing early attachments: Theory, research, intervention, and policy (pp. 178-194). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Field, T. (2010). Touch for socioemotional and physical well-being: A review. Developmental Review, 30, 367-383.
  • Foa, E.B., Hembree, E.A., & Rothbaum, B.O. (2007).  Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD: Emotional processing of traumatic experiences therapist guide (Treatments that work). Oxford University Press:  USA.
  • Goleman, D. (1995).  Emotional intelligence. New York: Bantam.
  • Gottman, J.M. (1999). The seven principles for making marriage work. New York: Three Rivers Press.
  • Greenspan, S. (1999).  Building healthy minds: The six experiences that create intelligence and emotional growth in babies and young children.  Cambridge: Perseus Books.
  • Herman, J. (1992). Trauma and recovery.  New York: Basic Books.
  • Hughes, D. (1997).  Facilitating developmental attachment. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.
  • Hughes, D.A. (2007). Attachment-focused family therapy. New York: Norton
  • Johnson, S. (2002). Emotionally-focused couples therapy with trauma survivors: Strengthening attachment bonds. New York: Guildford Press.
  • Johnson, S. (2008). Hold me tight: Seven conversations for a lifetime of love. New York: Little, Brown & Company.
  • Johnson, S.M., & Whiffen, V.E. (Eds.) (2003). Attachment processes in couple and family therapy. New York: Guilford.
  • Karen, R. (1994).  Becoming attached.  New York: Warner Books.
  • Kendall-Tackett, K. (2009). Psychological trauma and physical health. Psychological Trauma, 1, 35-48.
  • Levine, A. & Heller, R. (2010). Attached: The new science of adult attachment. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin.
  • Levy, T. (Ed.). (2000). Handbook of attachment interventions. San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Levy, T. & Orlans, M. (2000a).  Attachment disorder as an antecedent to violence and antisocial             patterns in children.  In T. Levy (Ed.), Handbook of attachment interventions (pp.1-26). San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Levy, T. & Orlans, M. (2000b). Attachment disorder and the adoptive family.  In T. Levy (Ed.),          Handbook of attachment interventions (pp. 243-259).  San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Levy, T. & Orlans, M. (1999).  Kids who kill:  Attachment disorder, antisocial personality and violence.  The Forensic Examiner, 8 (3 & 4).
  • Levy, T. & Orlans, M. (1998).  Attachment, trauma and healing: Understanding and treating           attachment disorder in children and families. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America Press.
  • Levy, T. & Orlans, M. (1995). Intensive short-term therapy with attachment disordered children. In L. VandeCreek, S. Knapp & T.L. Jackson (Eds.), Innovations in clinical practice: A source book, Vol 14 (pp. 227-251).  Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.
  • Lewis, T., Amini, F. & Lannon, R. (2000).  A general theory of love.  New York:  Vintage Books. 
  • Lopez, S. L. & Snyder, C.R. (2009). Oxford handbook of positive psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Mikulincer, M. & Shaver, P. R. (2007). Attachment in adulthood: Structure, dynamics, and change. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Orlans, M. & Levy, T. (2006). Healing parents: Helping wounded children learn to trust and love. Washington, D.C.: Child Welfare League of America Press.
  • Osofsky, J.D. (1995).  The effects of exposure to violence on young children.  American Psychologist, 50, 782-788.
  • Osofsky, J.D. (Ed.). (2011). Clinical work with traumatized children. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Perry, B., & Szalavitz, M. (2010). Born for love. Harper, New York.
  • Perry, B. D. (1995).  Incubated in terror:  Neurodevelopmental factors in the ‘cycle of violence.’  In J. D. Osofsky (Ed.), Children, youth, and violence (pp. 45-63).  New York:  Guilford.
  • Peterson, C. (2006). A Primer in Positive Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Pruett, K. (2001). Fatherneed: Why father care is as essential as mother care for your child. New York: Free Press.
  • Rath, T. & Harter, J. (2010). Well-being: The five essential elements. New York: Gallup Press.
  • Rice, K., & Groves, B. (2005). Hope and healing: A caregiver’s guide to helping young children affected by trauma. Washington, DC: ZERO TO THREE Press.
  • Rutter, M. (2008). Implications of attachment theory and research for child care policies. In. J. Cassidy, P.R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of Attachment, (pp. 958-974), New York: Guilford Press.
  • Schore, A.N. (2012). The science and the art of psychotherapy. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
  • Seligman, M. (2002). Authentic happiness. New York: Free Press.
  • Shonkoff, J.P. & Phillips, D.A. (Eds.). (2000). From neurons to neighborhoods: The science of early childhood development.  Washington, D.C.  National Academy Press.
  • Siegel, D. (1999). The developing mind: Toward a neurobiology of interpersonal experience.  New York: Guilford Press.
  • Siegel, D. (2007). The mindful brain: Reflection and attunement in the cultivation of well-being. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Siegel, D.J., & Hartzell, M. (2003). Parenting from the inside out. New York: Tarcher/Putnam.
  • Sroufe, A., Egeland, B., Carlson, E., & Collins, W. A. (2005).  The development of the person: The Minnesota study of risk and adaptation from birth to adulthood. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Vaillant, G.E. (2002). Aging well: Surprising guideposts to a happier life from the landmark Harvard study of adult development. New York: Little, Brown & Company.
  • van der Kolk, B. (1996).  The complexity of adaptation to trauma.  In van der Kolk, B., McFarlane, A.C., & Weisaeth, L. (Eds.), Traumatic stress (pp. 182-213).  New York:  Guilford Press.
  • van der Kolk, B.A. (2003). The neurobiology of childhood trauma and abuse. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 12, 293-317.
  • Verny T., & Kelly J. (1981).  The secret life of the unborn child.  New York:  Delta Publishing.
  • Verrier, N.  (1993).  Primal wound.  Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press.
  • Zero to Three (1994).  Diagnostic classification of mental health and developmental Disorders in early childhood. Arlington, VA:  Zero to Three/National Center for Clinical Infant Programs.

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What is attachment?

It is the deep and enduring connection established between a child and caregiver in the first several years of life. However, more and more children are failing to develop secure attachments to loving, protective caregivers. These children are left without the most important foundation for healthy development and are at risk for:
  • low self-esteem
  • lack of self-control
  • antisocial attitudes and behaviors
  • aggression and violence
  • lack of empathy, compassion and remorse
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Recommended reading

These books and journal articles explain the most important aspects of attachment in adults and children, child maltreatment, treatment approaches, parenting and related social issues.