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Core texts underpinning
Sense of Safety

Ainsworth, M. D. S. (2010). "Security and attachment." The secure child: Timeless lessons in parenting and childhood education: 43-53.
Baldwin, D. A. (1997). "The concept of security." Review of international studies 23(1): 5-26.
Blatz, W. (1973). The theory of human security. Child Development: Selected Readings. L. M. Brockman, J. H. Whiteley and J. P. Zubek. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Ltd: 150-166.
Bowlby, J. (1979). "The Bowlby-Ainsworth attachment theory." Behavioral and Brain sciences 2(4): 637-638.
Brand, B. (2001). "Establishing safety with patients with dissociative identity disorder." Journal of Trauma & Dissociation 2(4): 133-155.
Eisenberger, N. I., Master, S.L., Inagaki, T.K. (2011). "Attachment figures activate a safety signal-related neural region and reduce pain experience." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(28): 11721-11726.
Geller, S. M. and S. W. Porges (2014). "Therapeutic presence: Neurophysiological mechanisms mediating feeling safe in therapeutic relationships." Journal of Psychotherapy Integration 24(3): 178-192
Gilbert, P. (1993). "Defence and safety: Their function in social behaviour and psychopathology." British Journal of Clinical Psychology 32(2): 131-153.
Kuo, F. E., et al. (1998). "Transforming inner-city landscapes trees, sense of safety, and preference." Environment and behavior 30(1): 28-59.
Lynch, J. M. (2019). Sense of Safety: a whole person approach to distress. Primary Care Clinical Unit. Brisbane, University of Queensland. PhD.
Maslow, A. H. (1954). Motivation and Personality Third Edition. New York, Harper Collins Publishers.
Mikulincer, M. and P. R. Shaver (2007). "Reflections on security dynamics: Core constructs, psychological mechanisms, relational contexts, and the need for an integrative theory." Psychological Inquiry 18(3): 197-209.
Milberg, A., et al. (2014). "Patients' Sense of Security During Palliative Care—What Are the Influencing Factors?" Journal of pain and symptom management 48(1): 45-55.
Nilsen, P., et al. (2004). "Making sense of safety." Injury Prevention 10(2): 71-73.
Porges, S. W. (2011). The polyvagal theory: neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, communication, and self-regulation (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology), WW Norton & Company.
Powell, B., et al. (2013). The circle of security intervention: Enhancing attachment in early parent-child relationships, Guilford Publications.
Rappoport, A. (1997). "The patient's search for safety: The organizing principle in psychotherapy." Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training 34(3): 250-261.
Salter, M. D. (1940). "An evaluation of adjustment based upon the concept of security." University of Toronto Studies, Child Development Series.
Sampson, H. (1990). "How the patient's sense of danger and safety influence the analytic process." Psychoanalytic Psychology 7(1): 115-124.
Schore, A. N. (2001). "Effects of a secure attachment relationship on right brain development, affect regulation, and infant mental health." Infant Mental Health Journal 22(1-2): 7-66.;2-N
Sullivan, H. S. (1953). The interpersonal theory of psychiatry. London, Tavistock Publications Ltd.
Sullivan, R. M. (2003). "Developing a sense of safety." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1008(1): 122-131.
Van Rosmalen, L., et al. (2016). "From secure dependency to attachment: Mary Ainsworth’s integration of Blatz’s security theory into Bowlby’s attachment theory." History of Psychology 19(1): 22.
Whiting, J. B., et al. (2012). "Safety in intimate partnerships: The role of appraisals and threat." Journal of Family Violence 27(4): 313-320.

A curated list of key thinkers who have influenced the theoretical basis of the concept of Sense of Safety as central to health.

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