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Changing Toddlers' and Preschoolers' Attachment Classifications: The Circle of Security Intervention

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Changing Toddlers' and Preschoolers' Attachment Classifications: The Circle of Security Intervention

Kent T Hoffman et al. J Consult Clin Psychol.

Abstract

The Circle of Security intervention uses a group treatment modality to provide parent education and psychotherapy that is based on attachment theory. The purpose of this study was to track changes in children's attachment classifications pre- and immediately postintervention. Participants were 65 toddler- or preschooler- caregiver dyads recruited from Head Start and Early Head Start programs. As predicted, there were significant within-subject changes from disorganized to organized attachment classifications, with a majority changing to the secure classification. In addition, only 1 of the 13 preintervention securely attached children shifted to an insecure classification. Results suggest that the Circle of Security protocol is a promising intervention for the reduction of disorganized and insecure attachment in high-risk toddlers and preschoolers.

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  • Attachment, Psychotherapy, and Assessment: A Commentary
    MN Eagle. J Consult Clin Psychol 74 (6), 1086-97. PMID 17154737.
    This article, a commentary, discusses questions and issues generated by 7 articles on the relationship between attachment theory and research, and psychotherapy and clini …

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