Adults in wilderness treatment: A unique application of attachment theory and research

  • Bettmann J
  • Jasperson R
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Research shows how an understanding of adult attachment applies to clinical treatment, such as outpatient therapy, but no literature explores the application of adult attachment to wilderness therapy, a distinct type of resi- dential treatment. This paper explores how an understanding of adult attachment applies to wilderness therapy clients, as the nature of wilderness therapy involves losses, separations, and reunions, all of which evoke attachment needs. Adult wilderness treatment exemplifies an effective method of treatment that provides a secure base and supports healthy attachment relationships.

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  • Adult attachment
  • Residential treatment
  • Wilderness therapy

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  • Joanna E. Bettmann

  • Rachael A. Jasperson

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