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Running head: ATTACHMENT THEORY1Attachment TheoryTesa MullinsWalden University
ATTACHMENT THEORYAttachment TheoryAttachment theory was first developed by John Bowlby in the 1960’s. Bowlby believed that childhood development relied heavily on the child’s ability to form meaningful attachments with at least one of their parents. Additionally. If a child is not able to develop stability and security in the relationship with their parents, then they will be less likely to participate in new experiences. According to Cassidy, Jones, and Shaver (2013), the precursors of emotional disorders and delinquency could be found in early attachment-related experiences, specifically separations from, or inconsistent or harsh treatment by, mothers and fathers. Children grow and thrive in the context of close and dependable relationships that provide love and nurturance, security, responsive interaction, and encouragement for exploration (Cassidy, et al., 2013). In the case study with Jake Levy, he is struggling from alcoholism and is having difficulty in his marriage and role as a father due to his drinking problem. As a professional social worker, it is evident that Jake did not learn proper coping techniques as a child and did notform meaningful connections with at least one of his parents. He is emotionally unstable and is

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