Improving Patient Treatment with Attachment Theory

A Guide for Primary Care Practitioners and Specialists

  • Jonathan Hunter
  • Robert Maunder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jonathan Hunter, Robert Maunder
      Pages 3-7
    3. Jonathan Hunter, Robert Maunder, Thao Lan Le
      Pages 9-25
    4. Bernhard Strauss, Katja Brenk-Franz
      Pages 39-52
  3. Specific Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Pamela J. Meredith
      Pages 55-73
  4. Interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Jonathan Hunter, Robert Maunder
      Pages 107-125
    3. Sanjeev Sockalingam, Raed Hawa
      Pages 145-154
  5. The Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Jonathan Hunter, Robert Maunder, Paula Ravitz, Sophie Soklaridis
      Pages 177-187
    3. Jonathan Hunter, Robert Maunder
      Pages 189-196

About this book


This book emphasizes interpersonal relationships as a frequently overlooked, yet crucial element in today’s healthcare system and describes the utility of attachment theory in understanding and managing patients with medical and surgical illness. Sections on the fundamentals of attachment theory, specific patient populations, attachment-based interventions, and future directions comprehensively reflect our current knowledge. The summarized research demonstrates the value of attachment theory in approaching such common issues as non-adherence, strain in the healthcare worker–patient relationship, and somatoform complaints, as well as in modelling maladaptive stress responses and subsequent illness vulnerability. The contributing authors are internationally recognized researchers and teachers who have sought to make this volume accessible to anyone interested in using the positive aspects of interpersonal relationships to maximum advantage in the practice of healthcare.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Hunter
    • 1
  • Robert Maunder
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hosp. TorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hosp. TorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-23299-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-23300-0
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals