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The dynamics of attachment and systems-centered group psychotherapy.

McCluskey, U. (2002) The dynamics of attachment and systems-centered group psychotherapy. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 6 (2). pp. 131-142. ISSN 1089-2699

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In this article, links are made between 2 theoretical paradigms, 1 that primarily describes the dynamics of dyads (attachment theory) and another that primarily although not exclusively describes the dynamics of groups (the theory of living human systems). The ideas presented are based on research into empathic attunement in adult psychotherapy, clinical material from a group psychotherapy session, and research in the field of attachment. It is suggested that systems-centered group psychotherapy provides the environment for changing members' attachment status through its attention to emotional resonance, authentic affect, and empathic attunement. These ideas are presented with a view toward encouraging research into the links between attachment theory, affect attunement, and group psychotherapy.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 10:14
Last Modified: 27 May 2009 10:14
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1089-2699.6.2.131
Status: Published
Publisher: Educational Publishing Foundation
Identification Number: 10.1037/1089-2699.6.2.131
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6102

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