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n. 1. (in psychology) the process of developing the first close selective relationship of a child’s life, most commonly with the mother. The relationship acts to reduce anxiety in strange settings and forms a base from which children develop further relationships. Seriously disturbed attachment is hypothesized to lead to personality disorders, depression, or anxiety in later life. 2. (in the National Health Service) working arrangements by which workers employed by public bodies (such as district nurses and social workers) are engaged in association with specific general practitioners, caring for their registered patients rather than working solely on a geographical or district basis. 3. (clinical attachment) (in the NHS) a person shadowing a clinical professional, often in order to gain experience in that professional’s field or in the UK in general.

1. (in psychology) the process of developing the first close selective relationship of a child’s life, most commonly with the mother. The relationship acts to reduce anxiety in strange settings and forms a base from which children develop further relationships. Seriously disturbed attachment is hypothesized to lead to personality disorders, depression, or anxiety in later life. 2. (in the National Health Service) working arrangements by which workers employed by public bodies (such as district nurses and social workers) are engaged in association with specific general practitioners, caring for their registered patients rather than working solely on a geographical or district basis. 3. (clinical attachment) (in the NHS) a person shadowing a clinical professional, often in order to gain experience in that professional’s field or in the UK in general.


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