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Bindung und Migration
21st International Attachment Conference
Disordered Attachments in Digital Ages
September 16th - September 18th, 2022
Bindung und Migration

11th Attachment Conference Attachment and Adolescence – Individuality, Group, and Autonomy" (2012)

Secure attachment in early childhood is especially impor tant in adolescence because adolescents are heavily engaged in becoming autonomous and separating from their attachment figures. This process may cause much anxiety and activate their need for attachment. Some adolescents are unable to separate at all; others attempt to force separation.

During this stage of  development, attachment t0peer groups may become an impor- tant attachment system that gives adolescents a sense of protection and security, which can help them make the transition  to adulthood. However,pathological group attachment may also  become a source of fear and anxiety that hinders autonomy and individuality. Adolescents who have experienced trauma  and disorganized attachment in childhood are especially sus- ceptible to psychological problems such as depression, suici- dality, panic, violence, drugs, sexual difficulties, eating disorders,  and borderline symptoms. The papers presented at this conf- erence will illustrate, based on studies and clinical and educa- tional work, how the development of psychopathology in adoles- cents may be understood and treated, and will indicate potential  preventive measures.

Target group
The conference is aimed at pediatricians, child psychiatrists,  child and adolescent psychotherapists, child psychologists,  psychiatrists, social workers, educators, youth social workers,  and all therapists and counselors engaged in the diagnosis and treat- ment of psychosocial and emotional disorders in adolescents.  In addition, we invite all professionals who engage with adolescents  such as teachers, nurses, remedial teachers, ergotherapists, physical  therapists, clergy, jurists, politicians, and parents.

Conference folder 2012: download