Attachment & Human Development (ATTACH HUM DEV)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Attachment & Human Development provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of scientific theories about emotional and cognitive development, internal representations and social processes. The journal addresses the growing demand from the domains of psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and related disciplines including nursing and social work, for a clear presentation of ideas, methods and research based on attachment theory.

Current impact factor: 2.38

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2009 Impact Factor 1.365

Additional details

5-year impact 2.24
Cited half-life 6.70
Immediacy index 0.34
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.63
Website Attachment & Human Development website
Other titles Attachment & human development (Online), Attachment and human development
ISSN 1461-6734
OCLC 44708203
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
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  • Classification
    green

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To investigate the relationships of attachment security and mentalization with core and co-morbid symptoms in eating disorder patients. Method: We compared 51 eating disorder patients at the start of intensive treatment and 20 healthy controls on attachment, mentalization, eating disorder symptoms, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, psycho-neuroticism, autonomy problems and self-injurious behavior, using the Adult Attachment Interview, the SCID-I and II and several questionnaires. Results: Compared with the controls, the eating disorder patients showed a higher prevalence of insecure attachment; eating disorder patients more often than controls received the AAI classification Unresolved for loss or abuse. They also had a lower level of mentalization and more autonomy problems. In the patient group eating disorder symptoms, depression, anxiety, psycho-neuroticism and autonomy problems were neither related to attachment security nor to mentalization; self-injurious behavior was associated with lesser attachment security and lower mentalization; borderline personality disorder was related to lower mentalization. In the control group no relations were found between attachment, mentalization and psychopathologic variables. Discussion: Eating disorder patients' low level of mentalization suggests the usefulness of Mentalization Based Treatment techniques for eating disorder treatment, especially in case of self-injurious behavior and/or co-morbid borderline personality disorder.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Attachment & Human Development
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    ABSTRACT: Deactivating strategies, including preemptive and postemptive strategies, are effective methods used by avoidant adults to regulate emotional processing. In the present study, we examined the mechanisms of preemptive and postemptive strategies used by highly avoidant participants to defend against emotional faces. Event-related potentials were recorded while participants performed a face version of a study-test task that comprised emotional and neutral faces. Emotional faces elicited larger N170 amplitude than did neutral faces in highly avoidant individuals. In addition, early and parietal old/new effects were observed in highly avoidant participants in response to neutral but not emotional faces. Less-avoidant participants exhibited an extensive old/new effect in response to negative and neutral faces. These results suggest that highly avoidant individuals allocate more cognitive resources when encoding emotional faces at an early stage, which contributes to the use of postemptive strategies to suppress the accessibility of previously encoded emotional information in recognition.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Attachment & Human Development