ASI-related measures:


The Attachment Style Interview

The ASI is an interview which assesses characteristics of current adult attachment style in relation to a person's ability to access and utilise social support. As such it belongs to the ‘social psychology' strand of investigation of attachment style. It was developed by Professor Antonia Bifulco and her team at the CATS centre.

The ASI provides a categorisation of attachment style for individuals, as well as assesses their specific support context and quality of close relationships. The resulting attachment profile not only determines which style best characterises them (e.g. Secure, Enmeshed, Fearful, Angry-dismissive or Withdrawn), but also the extent to which the insecure styles are dysfunctional in terms of whether the person is ‘Markedly', ‘Moderately' or ‘Mildly' Insecure. This is important, given evidence that ‘Mildly Insecure' styles carry less risk of mental health problems.

To date there are two versions of the ASI that have been developed. The ASI for Research, Clinical and Practice use (ASI-RCP), tailored towards psychologists and psychiatrist working in research and clinical and forensic practice fields, and ASI for Children's Services, tailored towards practice requirements of Adoption & Fostering and Child Care services.

ASI-RCP training is run by Professor Bifulco and her team at the CATS centre at Middlesex University. The ASI for Children's Services agency training courses are co-ordinated by Bill Joyce at Child & Family Training.

NEW: Attachment Style Interview use in couple counselling:

Using the Attachment Style Interview in the context of couple relationships - counselling and intervention. Read more.

NEW: Attachment Style Interview for Children

We are pleased to announce news on our development of a new standardised asssesment tool to measure attachment in primary school aged children (age 7-12). This new Child Attachment Style measure is now in the phase of final analysis and draft publication.

Our standardised research tool Attachment Style Interview (ASI) for adults, followed by the Adolescent version (ASI-AD), have long been used in adoption, fostering and child protection services to determine whether there is insecurity in the attachment style of parents, carers and prospective parents. This has proved a very effective assessment of both risk and resilience in individuals and couples. However, there is also a need for child measures of attachment style. This is useful for matching child to parent in adoption settings; to establish the impacts of poor parenting on children, and to examine in relation to intervention and therapeutic change.

Please let us know if you are interested in any aspects of this new approach lifespantraining@mdx.ac.uk. For more information download the Child ASI flyer.

New attachment book:

BOOK cover Understanding Adult Attachment
in Family Relationships:
Research, Assessment and Intervention

by Antonia Bifulco and Geraldine Thomas
Published: Autumn 2012 (visit bookshop)

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