Methods of assessing attachment in infancy and childhood: From observation of behaviours to exploration of mental representations

Authors

  • Maite Román Rodríguez Universidad de Sevilla

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5944/ap.8.2.188

Keywords:

measurement of attachment, behaviours of attachment, internal working, models of attachment

Abstract

The methods of assessing attachment have proliferated in recent years and the classic approach based on the observation of behaviour has evolved into a methodology focusing on representational perspective. Significant considerations in the exploration of attachment in infancy and childhood and the main measures of assessing attachment are described in this paper. Attachment behaviours have been examined primarily through separation-reunion procedures, the methodology Q-set and the attachment diary. The main methodologies of exploration of the internal working models of attachment are story stems, pictured situations, drawings of the family and interviews. Knowledge and proper use of these measures in  research and clinical practice will allow us to further advance the understanding of emotional development in infancy and childhood.

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Author Biography

Maite Román Rodríguez, Universidad de Sevilla

Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación- Facultad de Psicología

How to Cite

Román Rodríguez, M. (2012). Methods of assessing attachment in infancy and childhood: From observation of behaviours to exploration of mental representations. Acción Psicológica, 8(2), 27–38. https://doi.org/10.5944/ap.8.2.188

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Artículos del monográfico [Monograph´s articles]