The Legacy of John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the contribution of John Bowlby’s more than fifty years of thinking about attachments, separation, relationships and emotional stability. After a brief biography, the chapter considers his well-known, and sometimes controversial, ‘Attachment Theory’ alongside the work of his collaborators at the time, including James Robertson and Mary Ainsworth. A key focus is attachment theory in relation to children in their home and early years environments, and how understanding this theory is important for early years practitioners to appreciate the lived experiences of children in out-of-home contexts. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the place of love and loving relationships in contemporary professional practice and the implications of ‘Modern Attachment Theory’ for early years and childcare practitioners working globally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Philosophies and Theories of Early Childhood Education and Care
EditorsT. David, K. Goouch, S. Powell
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages80-90
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315678979
ISBN (Print)9781138022812
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2015

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophies and Theories of Early Childhood Education and Care on 14/10/2015, available online: https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315678979.ch9

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    Page, J. (2015). The Legacy of John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory. In T. David, K. Goouch, & S. Powell (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophies and Theories of Early Childhood Education and Care (pp. 80-90). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315678979.ch9