How do probation officers apply attachment theory in their practice? A qualitative study of probation supervision

Ansbro, Maria (2017) How do probation officers apply attachment theory in their practice? A qualitative study of probation supervision. Doctoral thesis, Queens University Belfast.

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Abstract

The starting point for this thesis was an article that I published in Probation Journal entitled The Application of Attachment Theory with Offenders' (Ansbro, 2008). It was an essay type article rather than a piece of research in which I suggested that attachment theory might provide some useful applications for probation supervision. The catalyst for the article was firstly an interest in attachment theory, and secondly a curiosity about the way that probation officers manage to actively integrate theory into their practice. Attachment theory as an oeuvre started with John Bowlby, when he put his psychoanalytic training together with his interests in ethology and cognitive psychology, and wrote of the need for security and the impact on development when the child grows up without it. His first publication in 1944 was added to and developed until his last publication in 1988, but meanwhile research on attachment theory has flourished and diversified and is widely used to understand child development and adult problems. It is now firmly established as a theoretical framework with applications in child protection and mental health work, and has a smaller but important place in the criminal justice literature.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Keywords: Probation Officer, Attachment Theory, Practice, Probation, Supervision
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 09:34
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 09:34
URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17715

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