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Attachment Theory The adolescent stage can be described as a time where there is a loss of innocence and a preentry into adulthood. A large part of being an adolescent is beginning that process of stepping out into the world and learning about oneself as a unique and autonomous individual. This movement out into the world is contingent upon the knowledge that this young person will have a safe and secure home to return to at the end of the day. If a traumatic loss or event has occurred in the adolescent’s life, there may be no safe base to which this individual can return. Attachment theory teaches us that a young person’s ability to attach/engage with peers, family, and other potential support systems is an important aspect of the developmental process. During the adolescent stage of development, assessing attachment styles is important because it provides a window into how the adolescent relates to others, which allows the clinician to choose the appropriate intervention. For this Discussion, choose either the program case study for the Bradley family or the course-specific case study for Brady. Post by Day 3 an application of the attachment theory to the case of either Tiffani or Brady. Discuss the connection between his or her attachment style and the exhibiting behavior. Support your posts with specific references to this week’s resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. To complete your Discussion, click on Discussions on the course navigation menu, and select “Week 4 Forum” to begin. The case study that of Brady, a 15-year-old adolescent was examine. From the onset, there is an issue(s) with the expression of emotions. This is due to the mother’s death 3 years ago, which makes the father the primary caregiver for Brady (Plummer et al., 2013). Form the case study, it is apparent that the father and son are have problems adapting to this traumatic change in the family’s life cycle. However, the main issue is the father’s inability to express his emotions to himself, which is causing an issue with his son, who is an adolescent, going through the emotional changes of childhood to early adulthood. “The lack of a home environment contributes to the sense of loneliness and isolation” (Zastrow, & Kirst-Ashman, 2013, P. 361). It is the client’s family environment that teaches the basic ground rules of forming

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