Promoting recovery from negative symptoms: An attachment theory perspective

Helen Griffiths, Hamish J McLeod

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Although advances have been made in the understanding and treatment of positive symptoms of psychosis such as paranoid thinking and voice-hearing, negative symptoms such as loss of motivation and reduced social functioning often present a major barrier to recovery. The psychosocial treatment options for negative symptoms should benefit from systematic examination and refinement, both in terms of the models used to understand symptom development and maintenance as well as the specific treatment techniques. We examine the possibility that negative symptom burden is particularly related to insecure-avoidant attachment style and that this manifests in difficulties with understanding one’s own mental states and the minds of others. Drawing on key studies that have examined mentalisation and related processes alongside negative symptom profile data, we provide a model of negative symptom formation and maintenance along with a case example that portrays the use of these principles in case formulation and treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAttachment Theory and Psychosis
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Perspectives and Future Directions
EditorsKatherine Berry, Sandra Bucci, Adam N Danquah
ISBN (Electronic)9781315665573
ISBN (Print)9781138956759
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameThe International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

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