1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Attachment: Assessment

Edited By Steve Farnfield, Paul Holmes Copyright 2014
    250 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Attachment: Assessment provides, in one volume, a detailed discussion of the formal measurement tools available to assess attachment across the age range, including with families. It contains comprehensive chapters on many attachment-based validated procedures for assessing parenting and evaluating risk, to enable professionals to decide what type of assessment is appropriate, who should conduct it and the usefulness of the results.

    The book provides a detailed account of assessment measures of attachment to enable practitioners at all levels (including academic research workers) to decide which assessment procedure will best meet their need. The chapters are written by those who developed these tools and by people closely associated with them, and advocate an evidence-based model of assessment to increase fairness and transparency for families.

    Providing a practical guide to the uses of attachment theory and research in professional practice with adults, children, parents and families, and a detailed account of all the current evidence-based tools that can be used in assessment, The Routledge Handbook of Attachment: Assessment is ideal for professionals and clinicians wishing to commission or undertake assessments of attachment, as well as academic research workers and students.

    Preface Farnfield and Holmes. Introduction Farnfield and Holmes. The Assessment of Attachment and Parenting Farnfield. Mother and Infants: screening for maternal relationships at risk with the CARE-Index Hautamäki. Infants and Pre-school Children: Observational assessments of attachment, a review and discussion of clinical applications Teti and Kim. School Children: Narrative Story Stems Farnfield. The School-age Assessment of Attachment (SAA) Kozlowska and Elliott. The Child Attachment Interview (CAI) Shmueli-Goetz. The Working Model of the Child Interview Larrieu, Stevens and Zeanah. The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI): The Main and Goldwyn Model Crowell. The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI): Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturation Model (DMM) Sahhar. Attachment Style Interview (ASI) Bifulco. Assessing Attachment in Families: Beyond the Dyads Dallos. Assessing Mentalizing in Attachment Contexts Lutyen and Fonagy. References. Index.


    Steve Farnfield is a Senior Lecturer and established the MSc in Attachment Studies at the University of Roehampton, UK. He is a social worker and play therapist with many years’ experience and a licensed trainer for the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment Infant CARE-Index, Preschool Assessment of Attachment and Adult Attachment Interview developed by Patricia Crittenden.

    Paul Holmes is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who also trained as an adult psychotherapist. He worked in community child and adolescent mental health teams for many years, and with specialist services for fostered and adopted children. He has increasingly applied his long-standing interest in attachment theory to his work in providing expert psychiatric opinions to the British courts in child care proceedings.