14 Sep 2021Ended

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: Attachment Measures and Theory in Family Law Practice


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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a test that answered best interests’ questions on par with the way that MRI identifies cancer and MMPI identifies .. Read more psychopathology? Sorry, but attachment measures are not (yet) that. This is not an introduction to attachment theory and measurement. Participants are expected to be familiar with the basic ideas of attachment security and insecurity, the secure base, and the Strange Situation. This is, instead, an advanced discussion of the value of attachment theory and the limitations of attachment measures in the context of family litigation. Topics to be covered will include (1) the meaning of assessment under stress, (2) critical differences between individual assessment and systemic assessment, i.e., diagnoses versus dynamics, (3) the attachment network as a window on the development of self-regulation rather than an assessment of a particular relationship, (4) the vulnerability of attachment assessments to concurrent stressors, and (5) the greater efficiency and value of assessing parents’ capacity for sensitive and responsive care.

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