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Concepts of Development Psychology for Primary Care

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2011.127

Die Bindungstheorie und ihre Relevanz für die Hausarztpraxis

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Jochen Gensichen, Katja Brenk-Franz, Nico Schneider, Paul Ciechanowski, Bernhard Strauß

Keywords: primary care family practice attachment theory

Attachment Theory and its Relevance for Family Medicine

Abstract: Concepts of developmental psychology like the attachment theory can be used as basis for questions in primary care to explain the genesis and maintenance of diseases and the interpersonal relationship between physician and patient. In the first part of this paper, the essential foundations of attachment theory are presented. Furthermore, results of the research are used to illustrate the importance of attachment theory to various aspects of disease etiology. Also the association to issues relevant for family practitioners such as coping, compliance, and phy-sician-patient relationship will be explained. A review of research findings on different patterns of attachment in connection with the underlying theoretical concepts will be used to explain individual differences in various coping strategies and dysfunctional behaviors of patients.


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