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Integrating attachment theory into probation practice; a qualitative study

Ansbro, Maria (2018) Integrating attachment theory into probation practice; a qualitative study. British Journal of Social Work. ISSN 0045-3102

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This research examined how a sample of English Probation Officers (POs) applied attachment theory as they supervised service users. Using an action research methodology over six months the research identified aspects that were readily utilised (the idea that POs can sometimes represent a secure base figure, and that attachment histories were significant). However, others offered little utility (the concept of mentalization as a facility rooted in early attachment, and the classification of attachment style). The reasons for this are explored, and the process by which specialist research knowledge is applied by non-specialist practitioners is considered.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: probation, attachment theory, secure base, attachment history, reflective function, mentalization, attachment style
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 14:47
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 10:09
URI: http://bucks.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/17225

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