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Assessing adult attachment; a dynamic-maturational approach to discourse analysis.


Assessing adult attachment; a dynamic-maturational approach to discourse analysis.

Crittenden, Patricia M. and Andrea Landini.

W.W. Norton


424 pages



A Norton professional book


This work describes a method for identifying the psychological and interpersonal self-protective attachment strategies of adults by applying discourse analysis to semi-structured interviews. The method, called the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM), was developed in a multi-cultural context with special attention to the needs of troubled adults impacted by poverty, limited education, family conflict, and physical and psychological trauma. DMM is attuned to The Adult Attachment Interview but it can also be used with other interviews that probe memory systems. Useful for clinicians and researchers, the book can be used as a guide for treatment formulation and as a basis for gathering empirical data. Crittendon is a developmental psychologist. Landini is a child neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist.

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