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Client self rated adult attachment patterns and the therapeutic alliance: a systematic review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20096978     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Attachment theory has been proposed as a suitable framework within which to understand and explore the therapeutic alliance. This review systematically explores research that has examined the relationship between clients' self reported attachment patterns and the therapeutic alliance. Methodological characteristics and study findings are reviewed and discussed with the aim of concluding whether assessing clients' attachment patterns would be beneficial to therapy. In spite of inconsistencies with regards to the measurement and conceptualisation of attachment and the alliance, the evidence suggests that clients who rate themselves as having a more secure attachment pattern are likely to rate the alliance as stronger. The implications of this for therapeutic practice are discussed.
Amie E M Smith; Rachel M Msetfi; Laura Golding
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2010-01-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical psychology review     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1873-7811     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Psychol Rev     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-08     Completed Date:  2010-05-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111117     Medline TA:  Clin Psychol Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  326-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Clinical Psychology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YF, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / psychology
Object Attachment*
Physician-Patient Relations*

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