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Cultural variations in attachment and psychosis

The application of attachment theory to inform therapeutic work with Black Caribbean families
WithAmy Degnan, Lucy Shattock, Dawn Edge

In this chapter we present strong evidence for the increased rates of psychosis amongst African-Caribbean people in the UK and outline psychological and social theories for this phenomenon including attachment theory. We then highlight the potential importance of family work in building supportive social ties for this group and present a case illustration which shows how an attachment lens helps to understand the development of psychosis and difficulties in relating to services.