Here we explore the contributions of psychology to understanding the human life course. We do this selectively to demonstrate key illustrations for social work intervention. We begin by looking at attachment behaviours and how these represent the need we have for emotional relationships all through our lives and how the quality of early relationships impacts upon us. We then examine crises in development and finally integrate theories of attachment, loss and life crises to a model of psychological development that integrates multiple perspectives on psychology (see Chapter 1) and is of value to social work theory and practice.
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