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Attachment-Focused Parenting: Effective Strategies to Care for Children (Norton Professional Books) Hardcover – March 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0393705553 ISBN-10: 0393705552 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Professional Books
  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705553
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Although this book may be read as a stand-alone resource for parents, it is stronger if utilized as a companion resource for parents engaged in attachment-focused family therapy. What is refreshing about this book’s approach is its focus on behavioral issues as manifestations of attachment disturbances between parents and youth instead of learned problems in need of correction. The parent responsibility then shifts from the implementation of behavioral consequences to enhancing and deepening the parent/child relationship as the chief instrument of change.” (ASAP Newsletter)

“[A] practical text for students and professional interested in learning how to parent with attachment in mind…an excellent book, and I would recommend it to every trainee and to parents...” (The Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

About the Author

Daniel A. Hughes, PhD, is a prominent attachment specialist and private practitioner. President of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute, he consults and gives trainings in the U.S. and abroad on issues of attachment and family therapy. He is the author of Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook, and Attachment-Focused Parenting.

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Daniel A. Hughes, is a noted practitioner, consultant, and educator of attachment-focused family therapy, and founder of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute. He lives in Annville, PA.

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Very helpful as a parent with an attachment challenged child.
J. Petersen
This book opened my eyes to a reality that, once recognized, can be a applied to different spheres in life.
Santiago Strasser
It was highly recommended by my daughter, a licensed family counselor.
Wilma Franz

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Renee J. Wallis on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I wish, I wish, I wish I had read this book and heard Dr. Hughes speak before my explosive, difficult-to-parent foster son moved in. And then, reread the book again every three to six month months after that.

Fortunately, we have managed to make a lot of progress in spite of my mishandling of many situations, but how much sorrow and anguish we could have saved for both my son and myself had I understood what was going on.

For me, the book is a perfect blend of theory and example, but I do think Dr. Hughes (or someone) might consider writing some of this advice in the format of Boy's Town Foster Parent book, which is so helpful because it just tells the parent: do this. Sometimes, when the chaos is at its most intense, I need to be told what to do (kind of like my son!)

For those of you who are foster parenting and want to be reminded of what a difficult, demanding job you are doing, how important your role in the life of the child is, and that there is hope to create a loving, joyful relationshiop -- read Dr. Hughes book, and, if you can, attend a workshop. My hope, energy and commitment have been renewed. Thanks Dr. Hughes.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2009
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Psychologist Daniel Hughes has done it again with his newest book, Attachment-Focused Parenting. In his highly-skilled and talented manner, Hughes has managed to take the complex terms and concepts of attachment theory and make it accessible for the reader. Hughes helps us to better appreciate that the parent-child relationship is a two-way interaction, with each being greatly influenced and affected by the other. Of equal importance, he helps the reader to see that parenting goes way beyond guidance and discipline; rather, both parent and child require a context for understanding what happens between them, and each is influenced by their own history.

Hughes relies extensively upon examples and real-life scenarios as he makes his points. In doing so, he appeals to a wide spectrum of parents. That is, he cites the example of a four-year-old who screams with frustration, while later addressing the parent-child struggles of a 16-year-old. Independent of age, however, the concepts Hughes lays out are universal for all children, regardless of age.

Get ready, though, as Hughes reminds us that the parent's own attachment history greatly affects the parent-child relationship. This certainly isn't new, as how often have we caught ourselves saying, "I never thought I would say/do what my father/mother did..." Without writing a self-help book for parents, Hughes proposes some questions and concepts parents should ask themselves about their own history, given the part it plays in raising their kids.

As a child psychologist who primarily works with foster and adopted children and their families, I continually deal with kids who have their own attachment issues to work through.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Deyo on March 21, 2010
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Dan Hughes understands children with poor attachments better than any other expert in the field. We continue to follow his guidance and have seen dramatic shifts in our little girl. Plus, as parents we feel so much better having tools that work with our daughter. If you are searching for support, understanding, and reality based strategies for parenting a child with poor attachment this book will meet your needs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wilma Franz on November 3, 2010
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This is an excellent book for parenting, even though it is geared especially to parents of adopted children. It helps understand inner thinking on the part of a child. It was highly recommended by my daughter, a licensed family counselor. It is easy reading and not technical, yet gives clear explanations of possible difficulties in child-rearing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth E. Lehmann on July 16, 2012
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Although Dan Hughes specializes in working with adopted, coming from foster care "difficult" children, I highly recommend this book to my psychotherapy clients as a parenting 101 foundational primer of sorts. This is because I've personally found this book to be tremendously helpful to me as a parent, and it fits with my own attachment-based approach to psychotherapy with adults. Many of us who've had our own biological children knew how we didn't want to be, based on our family of origin experiences, but we've been at somewhat of a loss as to how to be instead. And given this, I must say that Dan Hughes' work has been invaluable to me and others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santiago Strasser on May 5, 2014
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This book helped me recognize my attachment pattern and be ready when the time comes to have a kid. It also helped me see that it's not enough with parent's unconditional love, but what the kid receives from their verbal and non-verbal communication/interaction. This book opened my eyes to a reality that, once recognized, can be a applied to different spheres in life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen G. Rogers on March 2, 2014
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Cutting edge applied atachment research. Have been waiting for 10 years for someone to write this book-great "how to" examples.
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