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Rodriguez, D. (2015). A Qualitative Analysis of John Bowlby's Last Interview. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 9(2):158-164.

(2015). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 9(2):158-164

A Qualitative Analysis of John Bowlby's Last Interview

Deborah Rodriguez

John Bowlby gave his final interview on attachment theory over twenty-five years ago to psychoanalyst Virginia Hunter, just a few months before his death. A qualitative analysis, specifically an inductive thematic analysis, has been applied to Bowlby's last interview so as to gain some insight in a systematic and rigorous manner into what the main issues in attachment theory were for Bowlby at that stage of his life and career. A main theme “real life events” emerged, comprised of three sub-themes “dismissal”, “recognition”, and “supporting patients”; each of these findings is discussed in turn. Although attachment theory has developed enormously over the past twenty-five years since Bowlby's death, his main concern on the significance of real life events remains salient; Bowlby's legacy continues to live on strongly.

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