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. 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. The training format consists of two days together followed by the final day a few weeks later where pilot ASIs are discussed.
Please let us know if you are interested in any aspects of this new approach lifespantraining at mdx.ac.uk. For more information download the Child ASI flyer.
More details coming soon.
The Vulnerable Attachment Style Questionnaire
(VASQ) was developed to provide a brief self-report tool to mirror an
existing investigator-based interview (Attachment Style Interview -
ASI). Both aimed to identify individuals with attachment relationship
styles that are predictive of depressive disorder. This paper describes
the development and scoring of the VASQ and its relationship to poor
support and major depression.
Items for the VASQ reflected behaviours, emotions, and attitudes
relating to attachment relationship style, drawn directly from the ASI.
The VASQ was validated against the ASI for 262 community-based subjects.
Test-retest was determined on 38 subjects.
Factor analysis derived 2 factors, labelled 'insecurity'
and proximity-seeking'. After eliminating redundant items a scoring
system was derived using median scores. The VASQ insecurity dimension
had highest mean scores for those with interview-based Angry-dismissive
and Fearful styles and was significantly correlated with degree of interview-based
insecurity. The proximity-seeking VASQ scores had highest mean for those
with Enmeshed interview attachment style and was uncorrelated with ASI
insecurity. VASQ scores were highly correlated with a well known self-report
measure of insecure attachment (Relationship Questionnaire) and test-retest
reliability of the VASQ was satisfactory. The total VASQ score and the
insecurity subscale proved highly related to poor support and to depressive
disorder. This was not the case for the proximity-seeking dimension.
The VASQ is a brief self-report measure which distinguishes
individuals with attachment styles vulnerable for depressive disorder.
The use of the measure for screening in research and clinical contexts