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Assessing Adult Attachment : A Dynamic-maturational Approach to Discourse Analysis - Patricia Crittenden

Assessing Adult Attachment

A Dynamic-maturational Approach to Discourse Analysis

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This book expands on the Adult Attachment Interview, which is a popular tool for eliciting information from clients about their early childhood. The authors expand the traditional attachment models to show how developmental processes carry into adulthood and evaluate the effectiveness of various treatment options.

"This book brings together a wealth of research, clinical and training experience, offering more than just a new approach to the analysis of adult attachment texts. It will be of great value for researchers, clinicians, and trainers." -- Professor Rudi Dallos, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Plymouth "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. If I had my way, this book would form the heart of all psychotherapeutic and applied clinical practitioner trainings!" -- Professor Arlene Vetere, AcSS, FBPsS, PsychD, Deputy Director in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey "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 "This is a groundbreaking piece of work, containing a life-span view of adaptation that is both intuitively succinct and simple in structure, yet also completely nuanced in execution. Researchers and clinicians alike will undoubtedly benefit from the wealth of information shared here, and it is a must-have for anyone with an interest in attachment theory, representing a major evolutionary step forward in the field." -- PsychCentral

Acknowledgmentsp. XI
Introduction: "D'you Know What I Mean?"p. 1
The Root of the Problemp. 2
Why Do We Need a New Method?p. 5
Introduction and Orientation to the AAIp. 9
The Major Patterns of Attachmentp. 19
What Does the AAI Assess?p. 23
For Whom Is An AAI Classification of Interest?p. 24
Plan for the Bookp. 25
The Dynamic-Maturational Approach To Attachment Theory
Theoretical Backgroundp. 29
Attachment and Patterns of Attachmentp. 29
The Dynamic-Maturational Classificatory Systemp. 40
Conclusionp. 45
Information Processingp. 47
Transformations of Sensory Stimulip. 48
Seven Transformations of Cognition and Affectp. 52
Memory Systems and Dispositional Representationsp. 55
Integration and Reflective Integrationp. 63
Encoding, Remembering/Forgetting, and Retrievalp. 66
Conclusionp. 68
Constructs Used in the Discourse Analysis of the Adult Attachment Interviewp. 70
History of Life Events/ Experiencep. 70
Discourse and Associated Memory Systemsp. 76
Discourse Characteristics and Patterns of Attachmentp. 83
Coherence of Discoursep. 110
The Classificatory System
Introduction to the Classificatory Chaptersp. 115
Overview of the Type B (Balanced) Strategiesp. 117
General Characteristics Applying to All Type B (Balanced) Classificationsp. 117
B3 (Comfortably Balanced)p. 123
Bl (Distanced From Past)p. 126
B2 (Accepting)p. 129
B4 (Sentimental)p. 131
B5 (Complaining Acceptance)p. 134
BO (Balanced Other)p. 137
Overview of the Type A Strategies and A1-2p. 139
General Characteristics Applying to All Type A Classificationsp. 139
A1 (Idealizing)p. 145
A2 (Distancing)p. 148
Compulsive Type A Strategies (A3-8): Coping With Dangerp. 153
A3 (Compulsive Caregiving and Compulsive Attention)p. 154
A4 (Compulsive Compliance and Compulsive Performance)p. 158
A5 (Compulsively Promiscuous, Socially or Sexually)p. 163
A6 (Compulsively Self-Reliant, Social or Isolated)p. 168
A7 (Delusional Idealization)p. 172
A8 (Externally Assembled Self)p. 177
Overview of the Type C Strategies and Cl-2p. 182
General Characteristics Applying to All Type C Classificationsp. 182
CI (Threateningly Angry)p. 188
C2 (Disarmingly Desirous of Comfort)p. 192
Obsessive Type C Strategies (C3-8): Coping With Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and Threatp. 195
C3 (Aggressively Angry)p. 198
C4 (Feigned Helpless)p. 202
C5 (Punitively Angry and Obsessed With Revenge)p. 206
C6 (Seductive and Obsessed With Rescue)p. 214
3 Gradations Within C5-6p. 218
C7 (Menacing)p. 220
C8 (Paranoid)p. 225
Combination Patterns: A/C and ACp. 229
Types A/C and ACp. 230
Insecure Other (10)p. 235
Conditions That Reflect the Disruption of Interpersonal Self-Protective Strategies: Unresolved Trauma (Utr) or Loss (Ul)p. 236
Overviewp. 237
Advantages of DMM Conceptualization of Lack of Resolutionp. 251
Conditions That Reflect the Failure of Interpersonal Self-Protective Strategies: A Move to the Intrapersonal and Extrafamilial Levelsp. 254
Overviewp. 254
Depressedp. 256
Disorientedp. 261
Intrusions of Forbidden Negative Affectp. 265
Expressed Somatic Symptomsp. 270
Reorganizingp. 274
From Theory To Application
The Classificatory Process and Classificatory Guidelinesp. 281
General Issues Regarding Classificationp. 281
Interpreting and Using the History in the Process of Classificationp. 284
Comparing Dispositional Representations in Different Memory Systemsp. 285
Reaching a Classificationp. 299
Reliabilityp. 302
Patterning and Processp. 303
But What Shall I Do? Transforming an AAI Classification Into a Plan for Treatmentp. 305
Adaptive and Nonadaptive States of Strategiesp. 306
Functional Formulationp. 312
Making Sense of Strategic Functioningp. 315
Applications of the AAI to Assessment and Treatmentp. 327
Validity and Clinical Implications of the DMM-AAIp. 331
Differences Between DMM and M&Gp. 331
Validation of the DMM-AAIp. 335
Studies Using the DMM-AAIp. 338
Future Directions for the Testing of DMM-AAI Validityp. 358
Conclusionsp. 361
Contributions of the AAIp. 362
Limitations of the AAIp. 368
Using the AAIp. 371
Changing Directionp. 377
Glossary of Abbreviationsp. 385
Correspondence Between DMM and M&G Classificatory Systemsp. 388
Referencesp. 391
Indexp. 403
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ISBN: 9780393706673
ISBN-10: 0393706672
Series: A Norton Professional Book
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 13th June 2011
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.7  x 3.6
Edition Number: 1