chapter  14
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Four pillars of security: attachment theory and practice in forensic mental health care


John Bowlby’s ¿ rst published study was a forensic one: a study of the early attachment histories of juvenile thieves (Bowlby 1944). Forensic psychiatry did not then exist as a clinical speciality, only emerging in the UK during the last thirty years. In that time, extensive research based on attachment theory, in both clinical and non-clinical populations, has produced data that has proved valuable to forensic practice, both theoretically and clinically (PfäfÀ in and Adshead 2004).