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Victoria University, School of Psychology
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Object Relations Theory suggests that a prime motivational drive in every individual is to form relationships with others. The style of relationship that develops in early childhood becomes part of an internal blueprint or a learned way of relating to others that is replicated when we establish and maintain future relationships, which impact on our sense of identity (Dockar-Drysdale 1991; Scharff & Scharff 1991; Winnicott 1953). Young people from a deprived background may have difficulty in forming and maintaining constructive and healthy relationships with others. The more traumatic their early experience the more self-destructive some of their interpersonal relationships can be.
Attachment Theory describes the biological and psychological need to bond with and relate to a primary caregivers as fundamental to the survival of human beings. The ability to trust and to relate to others is established in infancy to early childhood through the quality of the infant/primary care giver relationship which influences and shapes development and behaviour in later life (Bowlby 1969; Becker-Weidman & Shell 2005; Bretherton 2007; Hardy 2007; Sonkin 2005).
Wellness theory is a psych-ecological concept that highlights the importance of promoting healthy conditions that nurture the individual, relational and collective wellbeing of individuals. Overall psychological wellness can only exist when there is a positive combined presence of all these elements (Prilleltensky, 2001).
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