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Wrape, Elizabeth R. Attachment theory within clinical supervision: Application of the
conceptual to the empirical. Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology), August 2015, 69 pp., 7
tables, references, 99 titles.
Attachment theory has established itself as applicable to many types of relationships,
encompassing caregiver-child, romantic, interpersonal, and psychotherapeutic interactions. This
project sought to investigate the application of attachment theory to clinical supervision. Using
suggestions put forth in previous work by Watkins and Riggs, this study examined the dyadic
interactions inherent in both supervision and attachment. Using the working alliance as
determination of the quality of supervision, attachment styles, leader-follower attachment, and
attachment-based expectations were explored as predictors for supervisor-trainee dyad outcome
in a training clinic for doctoral psychology students. The study design is longitudinal and
prospective. Findings indicate the necessity of measurement of supervisory-specific attachment
rather than general attachment, the stability of working alliance over time, and the large
contribution of the leader-member attachment framework to the understanding of supervisory
attachment. Implications include the importance of maintaining hierarchical, evaluative
boundaries within supervisory relationship, consistent with a leader-follower dynamic.
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Wrape, Elizabeth R. Attachment Theory Within Clinical Supervision: Application of the Conceptual to the Empirical, dissertation, August 2015; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc804896/m1/2/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .