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The Cultural Nature of AttachmentContextualizing Relationships and Development$
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Heidi Keller and Kim A. Bard

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036900

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036900.001.0001

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Implications for Policy and Practice

Implications for Policy and Practice

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The Cultural Nature of Attachment

Suzanne Gaskins

Marjorie Beeghly

Kim A. Bard

Ariane Gernhardt

Cindy H. Liu

Douglas M. Teti

Ross A. Thompson

Thomas S. Weisner

Relindis D. Yovsi

The MIT Press

Ideas and claims about children’s development (e.g., concerning attachment relationships) that have found broad acceptance in the academic community have impacted the development of policy in governmental and international organizations. These accepted ideas and claims, in turn, have been incorporated into practice and services provided to families in various forms (e.g., social work, child care). The reconceptualization of attachment systems proposed in this volume—in particular, the explicit evaluation of the influence of multiple attachment figures on children that is normative in many societies—should have profound effects on both policy and practice. This chapter addresses issues that need to be considered if society is to integrate current understanding of the cultural nature of attachment into policy and practice.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, children’s rights, policy, practice, cultural beliefs, communities, applied research

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