Love, Attachment and Intellectual Disability came about from the authors’ experience working together in clinical learning disabilities services, and their work to move the focus away from the management of challenging behaviour and towards a trauma-informed, attachment-based approach to caring.
It introduces some of the key theories that have informed our understanding of the emotional development of people with intellectual disabilities and the importance of receiving love from an attachment figure from a young age. There are case studies that focus on the lives of particular individuals – sometimes presented as individual therapy sessions and sometimes an overview of progress across many sessions.
Clinical psychologists; learning disability specialist clinicians, front-line care staff, nurses and allied health professionals; students of these disciplines; professional and family caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities; care provider organisations.
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication date: January 2024
Foreword: Professor Nigel Beail
Chapter 1: Why this book is needed
Chapter 2: Klein, Bowlby, Mahler & Došen:
Theories of our need for love
Chapters 3 – 16: Individual case studies
Chapter 17: The Team: We’re flagging
Chapter 18: What the science says: Dismissing attachment does not stand
Chapter 19: Putting love at the heart of care services