ARE WE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS ABOUT ATTACHMENT?

Authors


everett.waters@sunysb.edu; mcintosh@familytransitions.com.au

Abstract

Everett Waters is involved in a wide range of longitudinal research projects and educational programs that advance the Bowlby-Ainsworth tradition of attachment study. His empirical and theoretical knowledge is far reaching. Here, Waters explores the family law field's hopes and expectations of attachment theory, identifies a number of myths about attachment theory that may influence divorce decision making, and challenges why we ask the questions we do. His views encourage hardened supporters and detractors of attachment theory alike to identify a middle ground where the essence of attachment knowledge might best inform family law practices in divorce and separation matters.

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