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ERIC Number: EJ895024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
General and Supervision-Specific Attachment Styles: Relations to Student Perceptions of Field Supervisors
Bennett, Susanne; BrintzenhofeSzoc, Karlynn; Mohr, Jonathan; Saks, Loretta Vitale
Journal of Social Work Education, v44 n2 p75-94 Spr-Sum 2008
This study extends research on the field supervisory relationship by examining general attachment style and supervision-specific attachment style in a sample of 72 master's-level social work students. Attachment variables were investigated in relation to student perceptions of the supervisory working alliance and supervisory style. Students with higher levels of general attachment avoidance were more likely to develop insecure attachment-related responses to their supervisor. General attachment was mostly unrelated to supervisory alliance and supervisory style variables. Supervision-specific attachment strongly predicted the supervisory alliance and supervisory style, regardless of students' general attachment styles. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia