Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview

Editor : Howard Steele, Editor : Miriam Steele

Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview

Book Details

  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Published : January 2008
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 528
  • Category :
    Attachment Theory
  • Catalogue No : 27556
  • ISBN 13 : 9781593856960
  • ISBN 10 : 1593856962

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The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) is both a mainstay of attachment research and a powerful clinical tool. This unique book provides a thorough introduction to the AAI and its use as an adjunct to a range of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, parent-infant psychotherapy, home visiting programs, and supportive work in the context of foster care and adoption. Leading authorities provide detailed descriptions of clinical procedures and techniques, illustrated with vivid case material. Grounded in research, the volume highlights how using the AAI can enhance assessment and diagnosis, strengthen the therapeutic alliance, and facilitate goal setting, treatment planning, and progress monitoring.

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'Exceptionally coherent and immensely helpful, this book comprehensively reviews how the AAI can be used to guide clinical work in a range of high-priority contexts. This remarkable instrument, which has more than proved itself in the developmental laboratory, also turns out to be a marvelous and versatile tool in the hands of the creative clinician.'
- Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA, Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology, University College London, United Kingdom

About the Editors:
Howard Steele, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology at the New School for Social Research, where he is Codirector (with Miriam Steele) of the Center for Attachment Research. He is senior and founding editor of the journal Attachment and Human Development and is the author of more than 60 journal articles and book chapters on the impact of attachment, loss, trauma, and emotion understanding across the lifespan and across generations.

Miriam Steele, PhD, is Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research, where she is Codirector (with Howard Steele) of the Center for Attachment Research. Dr. Steele trained as a psychoanalyst at the Anna Freud Centre. She initiated the London Parent-Child Project, a major longitudinal study of intergenerational patterns of attachment, and has also carried out longitudinal attachment research in the context of child maltreatment and adoption, about which she publishes and lectures widely.

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