1st Edition

The Adult Attachment Projective Picture System
Attachment Theory and Assessment in Adults

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ISBN 9781462504251
Published May 6, 2012 by Guilford Press
304 Pages

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Book Description

This book presents cutting-edge research on adult attachment together with a complete overview of the Adult Attachment Projective Picture System (AAP), the authors' validated developmental assessment. In addition to identifying attachment classification groups, the AAP yields important information about dimensions--including defensive processes--not evaluated by other available measures. Detailed case illustrations show what the AAP looks like ""in action"" and what it reveals about individuals' early experiences, sense of self, and capacity to engage in close, protective relationships. The AAP can be used in clinical or research settings; the concluding chapter discusses promising applications to studying the neurobiology of attachment.

Table of Contents

I. Background
1. Narrative versus Non-Narrative Assessment of Adult Attachment
2. Defining Attachment Stories as Representational Precipitates
II. Development, Validation, and Coding of the AAP
3. The Development and Validation of the AAP
4. The Attachment Self: The AAP Attachment Content Coding Dimensions
5. Defensive Processes in the AAP
III. Using the AAP
6. Secure Attachment
7. Dismissing Attachment
8. Preoccupied Attachment
9. Dysregulated Segregated Systems: Unresolved Attachment, Failed Mourning, and Preoccupation with Suffering
10. Using the AAP in Neurobiology Research, Anna Buchheim and Carol George

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Carol George, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Mills College in Oakland, California. She has been at the forefront of developing attachment assessments for children and adults, including the Attachment Doll Play Projective Assessment, the Caregiving Interview, the Adult Attachment Interview, and the AAP. Dr. George has authored numerous research articles and book chapters on adult and child attachment and caregiving, and is coeditor, with Judith Solomon, of the book Disorganized Attachment and Caregiving. She teaches courses in development and attachment, co-directs a master’s-degree program in infant mental health, and trains and consults on the application of attachment assessment in research and clinical settings.
Malcolm L. West, PhD, is retired Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Dr. West worked as a clinician and researcher throughout his career. His research has used attachment theory in clinical research, including cardiac rehabilitation patients, depression in women, and suicidal behavior in adolescents. In addition to the AAP, Dr. West has developed self-report assessments of attachment in adults and adolescents. He is coauthor, with Adrienne Sheldon-Keller, of the book Patterns of Relating: An Adult Attachment Perspective.


"Research on patterns of adults' thoughts, memories, and feelings about intimate family relationships--especially child-parent relationships--has developed steadily and dramatically. One of the biggest challenges is developing assessment tools that successfully balance scientific precision, reliability, and validity with practical clinical utility. This volume represents the most promising attempt to meet this need that I have seen to date. I am certain this book will motivate researchers and clinicians alike to use the AAP in their work, and will become a well-worn reference."--Robert Marvin, PhD, University of Virginia, and Director, The Mary Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic

"The AAP is an exciting and useful tool for research and clinical practice. George and West describe the development and major features of the AAP while also providing incisive, original contributions to contemporary attachment theory. This book is appropriate for researchers and clinicians--both experts and novices--and for graduate students. I eagerly anticipate using it in training clinicians in Therapeutic Assessment."--Stephen E. Finn, PhD, Founder, Center for Therapeutic Assessment; Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

"This splendid, important book is grounded in a strong theory and infused with creativity. It presents an assessment method that is user friendly and economical, validated in clinical and community samples, and confirmed by neurobiological research. The book uses many case examples to illustrate adults' representations of attachment patterns. For graduate students, it is a guide to thinking beyond existing methods when asking new questions. For professionals in clinical and research settings, it opens a window to unconscious relationship biases."--Karin Grossmann, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Regensburg, Germany

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