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The Adult Attachment Projective Picture System: Attachment Theory and Assessment in Adults

The Adult Attachment Projective Picture System: Attachment Theory and Assessment in Adults

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ISBN-13: 9781462504251
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 03/12/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Carol George, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Mills College in Oakland, California. She has been at the forefront of developing attachment assessments for children and adults, including the Attachment Doll Play Projective Assessment, the Caregiving Interview, the Adult Attachment Interview, and the AAP. Dr. George has authored numerous research articles and book chapters on adult and child attachment and caregiving, and is coeditor, with Judith Solomon, of the book Disorganized Attachment and Caregiving. She teaches courses in development and attachment, co-directs a master’s-degree program in infant mental health, and trains and consults on the application of attachment assessment in research and clinical settings.
Malcolm L. West, PhD, is retired Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Dr. West worked as a clinician and researcher throughout his career. His research has used attachment theory in clinical research, including cardiac rehabilitation patients, depression in women, and suicidal behavior in adolescents. In addition to the AAP, Dr. West has developed self-report assessments of attachment in adults and adolescents. He is coauthor, with Adrienne Sheldon-Keller, of the book Patterns of Relating: An Adult Attachment Perspective.

Table of Contents

I. Background
1. Narrative versus Non-Narrative Assessment of Adult Attachment
2. Defining Attachment Stories as Representational Precipitates
II. Development, Validation, and Coding of the AAP
3. The Development and Validation of the AAP
4. The Attachment Self: The AAP Attachment Content Coding Dimensions
5. Defensive Processes in the AAP
III. Using the AAP
6. Secure Attachment
7. Dismissing Attachment
8. Preoccupied Attachment
9. Dysregulated Segregated Systems: Unresolved Attachment, Failed Mourning, and Preoccupation with Suffering
10. Using the AAP in Neurobiology Research, Anna Buchheim and Carol George


Developmental and clinical researchers; clinical psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and other clinicians who want to integrate attachment into their practices. May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.

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