“IF I COULD TELL THE JUDGE SOMETHING ABOUT ATTACHMENT. . . .” PERSPECTIVES ON ATTACHMENT THEORY IN THE FAMILY LAW COURTROOM

Authors

  • Inge Bretherton,

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    1. Department of Human Development and Family Studies, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
      ibrether@wisc.edu; stephen.seligman@ucsf.edu; juasolomon@gmail.com; Judith.Crowell@stonybrook.edu; mcintosh@familytransitions.com.au
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  • Stephen Seligman,

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    1. University of California, San Francisco
      ibrether@wisc.edu; stephen.seligman@ucsf.edu; juasolomon@gmail.com; Judith.Crowell@stonybrook.edu; mcintosh@familytransitions.com.au
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  • Judith Solomon,

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    1. Department of Pediatrics, Bridgeport Hospital
      ibrether@wisc.edu; stephen.seligman@ucsf.edu; juasolomon@gmail.com; Judith.Crowell@stonybrook.edu; mcintosh@familytransitions.com.au
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  • Judith Crowell,

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    1. Stony Brook University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
      ibrether@wisc.edu; stephen.seligman@ucsf.edu; juasolomon@gmail.com; Judith.Crowell@stonybrook.edu; mcintosh@familytransitions.com.au
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  • Jennifer McIntosh

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    1. Melbourne
      ibrether@wisc.edu; stephen.seligman@ucsf.edu; juasolomon@gmail.com; Judith.Crowell@stonybrook.edu; mcintosh@familytransitions.com.au
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ibrether@wisc.edu; stephen.seligman@ucsf.edu; juasolomon@gmail.com; Judith.Crowell@stonybrook.edu; mcintosh@familytransitions.com.au

Abstract

This article gathers diverse attachment specialists in a far reaching conversation about the utility of attachment assessment and theory for complex family law decision making, and reflections on the thorny question, “If I were the judge . . .?” Inge Bretherton, Professor Emerita, Developmental Psychology at Wisconsin University, is one of a few attachment researchers in the Bowlby/Ainsworth tradition to have completed studies in the divorce field. Seligman, a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist, Solomon, a clinical psychologist and researcher, and Crowell, professor of psychiatry and psychology, take on some large controversies, and offer well over 100 years combined experience of applying attachment knowledge in complex family matters.

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