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Attachment: Assessment in treatments, prevention and intervention programs

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Attachment theory, assessment and research offers a broad, far-reaching view of human functioning, and it can enrich a psychologist's understanding of subjects and their relational adjustment, both in clinical and non-clinical settings. ...

Attachment theory, assessment and research offers a broad, far-reaching view of human functioning, and it can enrich a psychologist's understanding of subjects and their relational adjustment, both in clinical and non-clinical settings.
Ongoing research in attachment has led to a number of individual treatments and prevention and intervention programs. The assessment of an individual's attachment organization, can play a crucial role in explaining and previewing the unfolding treatment, the relational adjustments or concerns, and the psychological wellbeing.
We hope to receive empirical papers that give evidence for the usefulness of attachment assessment in both clinical (e.g., patients with Eating Disorder; or Axis-II; psychotherapy patients …) or not clinical population (e.g. Adoptive and/or foster families or couples, Mother-infant assessment in prevention field …). These papers should include methodological issues and information about the participants, the methods used to assess attachment, the process of scorer training and the availability of the manual used to obtain inter-scorer reliability. Case studies may be of interest to the extent that they demonstrate the value of a systematic approach to attachment material. A range of theoretical perspectives is welcome as well presentation of new emergent tools on attachment.
Because Frontiers in Psychology is an international journal, each empirical paper should comment on the
international implications of the findings and discuss its cross-cultural use. Such comments may include,
for example, its linguistic specificity, its robustness in translation, and the cross-cultural generalizability
of the constructs and behaviors of the measure and its usual correlates. Cross-cultural generalizability is
not, however, a requirement.

Proposals
Proposals including a title, name of the author(s), contact details and an abstract (300 words) should be
submitted via email to silvia.salcuni@unipd.it before the 15 February 2014. Please include in the subject
header “Attachment issue” followed by the name of the first author (e.g. Attachment - Black, Johnny). Selected authors will be informed at the end of February 2014 and will have to send in their manuscript before the 30 April 2014. All proposals and manuscripts will be peer-reviewed.


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