chapter  11
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Bringing a gendered perspective to attachment theory in therapy

BySUSIE ORBACH

This chapter argues that understanding the gendered aspects of attachment is of value. Many current mental health issues, from violence against self, aggression towards others, body dysmorphias, eating problems and sexuality concerns to insecurity in relationships and in parenting, arise out of the gendered prescriptions that mark our child rearing and psycho-social relationships. An awareness of the inÀ ections of gender on the clinician and on the patient is important in providing understanding at a suf¿ ciently complex level.