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Introduction

Introduction Jeffrey Rubin Most of this issue of the Journal is devoted to the papers presented at the symposium on Attachment: Theory and Clinical Issues, held on March 19, 1983, under the auspices of the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. The occasion for the day-long event was the thirty-first annual Karen Homey Lecture given by Dr. John Bowlby. The symposium brought together presenters and discussants with very different perspec- tives on the nature and role of childhood factors in the development of adult psychopathology. Each illustrated his or her point of view on the matter in considerable detail. Dr. Bowlby's paper summarizes the main premises and findings of attach- ment theory and applies these principles to the problem of family violence. Bowlby sees disordered attachment in children as a frequent source of adult disturbance, and this paper is a fine illustration of the application of his orientation to a specific clinical problem. Dr. Symonds' discussion of Bowlby's paper emphasizes another way of understanding the violence- prone individual, focussing on his or her deep sense of powerlessness. Dr. Clarice Kestenbaum's paper is essentially in two parts. The first is a review of the literature on developmental theories with a very http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

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Springer Journals
Copyright
1984 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
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0002-9548
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1573-6741
DOI
10.1007/BF01255415
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Abstract

Jeffrey Rubin Most of this issue of the Journal is devoted to the papers presented at the symposium on Attachment: Theory and Clinical Issues, held on March 19, 1983, under the auspices of the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. The occasion for the day-long event was the thirty-first annual Karen Homey Lecture given by Dr. John Bowlby. The symposium brought together presenters and discussants with very different perspec- tives on the nature and role of childhood factors in the development of adult psychopathology. Each illustrated his or her point of view on the matter in considerable detail. Dr. Bowlby's paper summarizes the main premises and findings of attach- ment theory and applies these principles to the problem of family violence. Bowlby sees disordered attachment in children as a frequent source of adult disturbance, and this paper is a fine illustration of the application of his orientation to a specific clinical problem. Dr. Symonds' discussion of Bowlby's paper emphasizes another way of understanding the violence- prone individual, focussing on his or her deep sense of powerlessness. Dr. Clarice Kestenbaum's paper is essentially in two parts. The first is a review of the literature on developmental theories with a very

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The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 1984

Keywords: Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis

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