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The design and development of the childhood attachment interview (CAI) and its application to the assessment of children with cystic fibrosis.

Datta, Adrian; (1998) The design and development of the childhood attachment interview (CAI) and its application to the assessment of children with cystic fibrosis. Doctoral thesis , UNSPECIFIED. Green open access

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Abstract

This Study documents the design and development of the Childhood Attachment Interview (CAI), which is a semi-structured interview for children between the ages of 6 and 12-years old. The CAI was designed to bridge the measurement gap between infancy and adulthood, its method of coding was informed by the rating systems of the Strange Situation and Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). The interview is then rated along a number of dimensions including emotional openness, balance of positive and negative references to attachment figures, use of examples, preoccupied anger, idealisation of attachment figures, dismissal of attachment figures, resolution of conflict, self-organisation and coherence. These scales give rise to a global classification ('secure' vs. 'insecure') and more detailed attachment classification ('very secure' vs. 'secure' and 'very insecure' vs. 'insecure') to mother and father respectively. A number of the CAI's psychometric properties are examined, including inter-rater reliability, internal consistency, and concurrent validity using the Separation Anxiety Test (SAT). Subsequently, a group of children with cystic fibrosis (N=20) were interviewed using the CAI and comparisons were made between patterns of attachments between this group and a matched control group. Family functioning was also assessed using the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales (FACES) which provides a profile of families according to coherence and adaptability. Comparisons were made between clinical and non-clinical families and between those children classified secure with those classified insecure on family adaptability and cohesion. The theoretical and clinical implications of this study are discussed within an attachment framework.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The design and development of the childhood attachment interview (CAI) and its application to the assessment of children with cystic fibrosis.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10107925
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