Multiple studies have demonstrated a link between child attachment, behavioral problems and mental health issues. Attachment theory can influence many types of therapy that promote stability, prevent psychopathology and aid recovery. Multiple studies attempted to determine the application of attachment theory in different activities. There were conflicting findings about whether attachment-based therapies are effective. Studies. In light of this, the current literature review focuses on five attachment-theory-informed research and their conclusions regarding the viability of attachment-based therapies.
Theoretical Framework discussed in Study 1
Ansbro (2018) presents a qualitative study of attachment-based supervision ideas in probation journal. This research focused on attachment theory. It was grounded in the idea that early attachments have a significant impact on mental templates, which can then be used to influence the work lives later on in life. Research is also based upon attachment theory, which states that early attachment characteristics are a hallmark of adult-child relationships. The empirical study examined the four key attachment-based concepts: secure foundation attachment and attachment history. It also looked at reflective and mentalized functions and attachment style over a period of six months.
Population of Interest and Intervention Examined. Results
Research participants were probation officers with professional skills in applying attachment theory to their work. Two induction sessions where the POs and researchers were compared in terms of their understanding of attachment theory, resulted in six POs being recruited. These sessions also served to select three recipients of service for each PO’s supervision.
The research looked at the application of attachment theory in rehabilitative strategies, including generic probation. Research shows that of four attachment theories, only two were very useful in the practice of probation, while one was mixed and unfavorable. The POs agreed that attachment traits are present in later-life partners. According to them, the traits of stability were reflected in the way they interacted with recipients. Although attachment history did have a major impact on practice, it was not the main concept in their interaction with recipients. While some personnel officers (POs), agreed that the practice could lead to service recipients experiencing loss of reflective function and inability to metalize, others disagreed. However, the research showed that attachment style was of little value to probation practice.