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Client self rated adult attachment patterns and the therapeutic alliance: A systematic review.

Smith, Amie E. M. and Msetfi, Rachel M. and Golding, Laura (2010) Client self rated adult attachment patterns and the therapeutic alliance: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 30 (3). pp. 326-337.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Psychology Review
Uncontrolled Keywords: Therapeutic alliance ; Attachment
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32271
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2010 10:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:08
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32271

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