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J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996 Apr;64(2):291-4.

Epilogue: bridging the gap between research on attachment and psychopathology.

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Child and Adolescent Disorders Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Rockville, Maryland 20857, USA.


Clinicians and researchers are beginning to acknowledge the importance of integrating a developmental perspective into the understanding of clinical disorders. The application of findings from basic attachment research to this understanding of psychopathology is a prototype for interdisciplinary research. However, major gaps continue to exist between basic research on attachment processes and clinical issues of assessment, classification, and treatment of mental disorders from infancy through adolescence. This epilogue highlights the importance of more integrative research. As a reflection of growth in this direction, National Institute of Mental Health funding patterns are reviewed, and promising areas for future research are suggested. The field is well positioned for conceptual advancement if more integrative approaches are used.

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