Attachment-informed drama therapy with adolescents

Authored by: Anna Marie Weber , Craig Haen

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138829725
eBook ISBN: 9781315728537
Adobe ISBN: 9781317543213


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Attachment theory offers ways of understanding both normative and pathogenic developmental processes rooted in biological and affective transactions between infants and caregivers (Bowlby 1980). These processes shape the developing brain, the homeostatic regulatory structures of the body and internalized expectations about future relationships (Tronick 2009; Schore 2013a, 2013b). As Farnfield and Holmes summarized, ‘Attachment is first and foremost a relational theory … a way of describing what we do when we are anxious and how we use past experience to make predictions about what is most likely to keep us safe in the future’ (2014, p. 2).

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