Reassessing attachment theory in child welfare


  • Eileen Joy Registered social worker and PhD candidate



Book review


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Bjerre, L. S., Madsen, O. J., & Petersen, A. (2021). ‘But what are we doing to that baby?’ Attachment, psy-speak and designed order in social work. European Journal of Social Work, 1–12. doi:10.1080/13691457.2020.1870439

Choate, P. W., CrazyBull, B., Lindstrom, D., & Lindstrom, G. (2020). Where do we go from here? Ongoing colonialism from attachment theory. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 32(1), 32–44.

Flexner, A. (2001). Is social work a profession? Research on Social Work Practice, 11(2), 152–165. doi:10.1177/104973150101100202 (Originally published 1915).

Forslund, T., Granqvist, P., van IJzendoorn, M. H., Sagi- Schwartz, A., Glaser, D., Steele, M., . . . Duschinsky, R. (2021). Attachment goes to court: Child protection and custody issues. Attachment & Human Development, 1–52. doi:10.1080/14616734.2020.1840762

Gillies, V., Edwards, R., & Horsley, N. (2017). Challenging the politics of early intervention: Who’s “saving” children and why. Policy Press.

Granqvist, P., Sroufe, L. A., Dozier, M., Hesse, E., Steele, M., van Ijzendoorn, M., . . . Duschinsky, R. (2017). Disorganised attachment in infancy: A review of the phenomenon and its implications for clinicians and policymakers. Attachment & Human Development, 19(6), 534–558.


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Murphy, T. (2020, November 27). Court orders newsroom

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Office of the Children’s Commissioner. (2020a). Te kuku O te manawa—moe ararā! haumanutia ngā moemoeā a ngā tūpuna mō te oranga ngā tamariki. Author. https://www.

Office of the Children’s Commissioner. (2020b). Te kuku o te manawa: Ka puta te riri, ka memorie te ngā kau, ka hele ngā roimata mo tōku pēpi. Author. nz/publications/reports/te-kuku-o-te-manawa/

Reid, M. (2019, June 11,). NZ’s own “taken generation”. investigations/nzs-own-taken-generation

Review oversight group. (2019). Practice review: Professional practice group practice review into the Hastings case. New Zealand Government.

Sumner, B., & Reid, M. (2020, July 2). Māori leaders repeat calls for OT resignations. https://

Wastell, D., & White, S. (2017). Blinded by science: The social implications of epigenetics and neuroscience. Policy Press.




How to Cite

Joy, E. (2021). Reassessing attachment theory in child welfare. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 33(1), 116–119.



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