By Howard Steele
The grownup Attachment Interview (AAI) is either a mainstay of attachment examine and a strong scientific instrument. This distinct publication offers a radical creation to the AAI and its use as an accessory to various healing ways, together with cognitive-behavioral treatment, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, parent-infant psychotherapy, domestic traveling courses, and supportive paintings within the context of foster care and adoption. best specialists offer precise descriptions of scientific approaches and methods, illustrated with shiny case fabric. Grounded in examine, the quantity highlights how utilizing the AAI can increase review and prognosis, increase the healing alliance, and facilitate target surroundings, therapy making plans, and development tracking. (20100924)
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But it is unlikely that understanding and accepting that one was abused, and that the abuser was another fallible, understandable person, can have taken place in a vacuum. ”). , a grandmother). Often this is someone the speaker has not yet recalled in the AAI. And it is someone, perhaps the only one, who played a vital positive role by demonstrating that there was someone on whom the child could rely on for a humorous, considerate, and attentive response. This ‘unsung’ hero in the life history of the adult often needs to be unearthed, and the positive influence of this adult may come as a pleasant surprise to the speaker.
Treatment in these cases can be supported by repeated administrations of the AAI at timely intervals to appraise the extent to which a subject moves toward integration. Such AAIs typically do not fit into any single classification but instead qualify for multiple classifications and also the “cannot classify” group (Hesse, 1996, 1999)—a topic that is discussed by Main and colleagues in Chapter 2, this volume. Here, under the heading of “loss considerations,” it is worthwhile to compare the fairly restrictive definition of loss in the AAI system to that applied widely in the clinical literature.
Chapter 2, this volume). In the 200 AAIs that began our longitudinal study of attachment (Steele & Steele, 2005), we found it necessary to enlarge our rating of metacognition to include monitoring not only one’s own speech but also the observation and monitoring of others’ speech, thought, and emotions. Over time, this came to be called reflective functioning (RF), broadly defined as (1) awareness of the nature of mental states in the self and others, (2) the mutual influences at work between mental states and behavior, (3) the necessity of a developmental perspective, and (4) the need to be sensitive to the current conversational context (Fonagy, Target, Steele, & Steele, 19988; Steele & Steele, 2008).