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Title: Attachment informed working : considering attachment in caregiving in couple relationships, and in upskilling professionals working with children and young people
Author: Coote, Laura
ISNI:       0000 0004 7973 070X
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis includes three papers; a systematic review, an empirical paper and a critical appraisal reflection paper. Paper 1 presents a systematic review examining the effect of attachment style on caregiving behaviour in couples. Caregiving behaviour was observed by videotaped interaction in laboratory settings. Ten studies met the inclusion criteria. Data was extracted and the quality of each study was assessed. Findings generally suggested that not all people are easily able to provide responsive caregiving to their partners, and this may be partly based on their attachment styles, however there were inconsistencies. Measurement issues, sampling biases and low-quality ratings rendered tentative conclusions that cannot be generalised beyond young people in relationships of a relatively short duration. Paper 2 presents an empirical paper examining the effect attachment training on compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, knowledge, confidence and worries in frontline staff in social, health and education services, working with children and young people with attachment and developmental/complex trauma. Compassion satisfaction and fatigue did not change significantly before and after the training. Knowledge and confidence significantly increased and worries significantly decreased before and after training. Factor analyses suggested further work is required for validation of the knowledge, confidence and worries questionnaire. Theoretical and clinical implications of the findings are bespoke to the service facilitating the training. Paper 3 presents a critical appraisal of papers 1 and 2, and of the research process as whole. This paper includes a reflection on strengths and weaknesses of each paper, the methodologies used, implications of the findings and suggestions for future research, with personal reflections and what I have learnt in terms of my professional development throughout.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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