Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice

Presented by:
Dr. Amanda Janner, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Florida, College of Medicine

Faculty Disclosure:

Dr. Janner has disclosed that she has no relevant financial relationships. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

Conflict of interest information for the CME Advisory Committee members can be found on the following website: . All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Release Date: October 24, 2022

Expiration Date: October 23, 2025

Target Audience: All physicians

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participation in this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Review attachment theory as it relates to adult intra- and interpersonal functioning.
  2. Demonstrate the impact of attachment styles on emotion and physical well-being, including pathological patterns indicative of personality disorders.
  3. Integrate attachment theory knowledge into the clinical/therapeutic relationship.
  4. Identify relevant goals for treatment and appropriate corresponding interventions.

Requirements for successful completion: Certificates are awarded upon successful completion (80% proficiency) of the post-test.

Accreditation: The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Resource(s) for further study:

  1. Bartholomew K and Horowitz LM. 1991. Attachment styles among young adults: A test of a four-category model. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 61(2), 226-244.
  2. Fraley CR. Attachment Stability from Infancy to Adulthood: Meta-Analysis and Dynamic Modeling of Developmental Mechanisms. Personality and Social Psychology Review. 2002, Vol. 6, No. 2, 123-151.
  3. Bowlby J. 1977. The making and breaking of affectional bonds: I. Aetiology and psychopathology in the light of attachment theory. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 130, 201-210.

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