Assessing Adult Attachment

“In this important volume, Crittenden and Landini present a new coding and classification system, derived from their Dynamic-Maturational Theory on attachment relationships, for the Adult Attachment Interview.

Their provocative theoretical and classificatory approach aims to extend the applications of research on adult attachment to practicing clinicians and to the empirical investigation of child protection issues, mental disorders, and mental health treatment.

This innovative and thought-provoking volume should be read by developmental and clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and developmental psychopathologists.”Dante Cicchetti, PhD, McKnight Presidential Chair, William Harris Professor, and Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

“This book brings together a wealth of research, clinical and training experience, offering more than just a manual for the analysis of the AAI. It will be of great value for researchers, clinicians, and trainers.”Rudi Dallos, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Plymouth

“This complex, challenging, and compassionate book is as groundbreaking as the Adult Attachment Interview itself was twenty-five years ago. Building on the work of Bowlby, Ainsworth, and Main and applying recent discoveries in cognitive and neuroscience, Crittenden and Landini detail a new path for attachment theory. The Dynamic Maturational Model, applied to the AAI, promises rich rewards to clinicians, basic and applied developmental researchers, and professionals in a variety of fields from child welfare to criminology.”Susan Spieker, PhD, Professor and Director of Family and Child Nursing, Center on Infant Mental Health & Development, University of Washington

“The book is clear, accessible, and written with compassion. It represents a culmination of thinking and research in the best traditions of both the scholar practitioner and the scientist research practitioner. The research is verifiable, and promotes theory-practice linking, using the AAI as the tool, and the DMM as the model for formulation practice. The approach helps us understand how people adapt to confusion, uncertainty, and danger within their close relationships, and how attempts to adapt and survive can also lead to maladaptation.

If I had my way, this book would form the heart of all psychotherapeutic and applied clinical practitioner trainings!”Arlene Vetere, AcSS, FBPsS, PsychD, Deputy Director in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey

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