Assessing Adult Attachment by Patricia McKinsey Crittenden
A Dynamic-Maturational Approach to Discourse Analysis (A Norton Professional Book)

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A method for identifying the psychological and interpersonal self-protective attachment strategies of adults.

This book focuses upon new methods of analysis for adult attachment texts. The authors’ introduce a highly nuanced model—the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM)—providing clinicians with a finely-tuned tool for helping patients examine past relationships, in addition to gauging the potential effectiveness of various treatment options. The authors offer a fascinating explanation of the neurobiological underpinnings of DMM, grounded in findings from the cognitive neurosciences about information processing. In this volume, readers have an eminently practical, theoretically-grounded work that is sure to transform many types of therapy.

About Patricia McKinsey Crittenden

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Patricia McKinsey Crittenden, PhD, is a developmental psychologist. In 2004, she received a career achievement award for "Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Child and Family Development" from the European Family Therapy Association in Berlin. She lives in Miami, Florida. Andrea Landini, MD, is a developmental psychiatrist. He lives in Italy.
Published June 13, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 439 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Main and her colleagues developed the AAI based on a version of attachment theory that assumed that (1) by adulthood most adults had a single representation of attachment relationships, (2) this relationship reflected one of the Ainsworth patterns of infant attachment, (3) these patterns were tra...

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