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The Association Between Therapists' Attachment Security and Mentalizing Capacity

Wyatt-Brooks, KN; (2013) The Association Between Therapists' Attachment Security and Mentalizing Capacity. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Aims: The review examines the evidence that parents’ mentalizing predicts infant attachment security. Method: Studies were included if they examined primary care-givers’ mentalizing, defined as the capacity to understand mental states underlying behaviour, and infants’ attachment status. Results: Nine studies met criteria for review. Mentalizing was conceptualised and measured in different ways, including: reflective function (n = 1), maternal reflective function (n = 2), mind-mindedness (n = 5) and insightfulness (n = 1). Conclusion: The studies suggest that care-givers’ attachment contributes to infants’ attachment security. The evidence is limited however by the small number of studies, small sample sizes and methodological and conceptual differences between studies. Moreover mentalizing alone appears unlikely to account fully for the intergenerational transmission of attachment.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The Association Between Therapists' Attachment Security and Mentalizing Capacity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Third party copyright material has been removed the e-thesis.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1409850
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