The Attachment Style Interview
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.
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Angry-dismissive or Withdrawn), but also the extent to which the insecure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.
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.
training is run by Professor Bifulco and her team at the CATS centre at Middlesex University (contact us to enquire about dates). The ASI for
Children's Services agency training courses are co-ordinated by Child and Family Training.
NEW: Child Attachment Style Interview
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 ifespantraining at mdx.ac.uk. For more information download the Child ASI flyer.
New attachment book:
Understanding Adult Attachment
in Family Relationships:
Research, Assessment and Intervention
by Antonia Bifulco and Geraldine Thomas
ASI TRAINING IN THE UK IS ONLY PROVIDED BY CHILD AND FAMILY TRAINING AND CATS TEAM AT MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY. WHILST OTHER AGENCIES ARE FREE TO DISCUSS IN THEIR IN HOUSE TRAINING ISSUES RAISED BY THE USE OF STANDARDISED ATTACHMENT MEASURES IN CHILD CARE PRACTICE, THESE DO NOT CONSTITUTE RECOGNISED TRAINING FOR THIS INTERVIEW. THE ASI MATERIALS SHOULD NOT BE USED BY THOSE WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED OUR 4 DAY COURSES, SINCE WE CANNOT SUPPORT THEIR RELIABLE EXPERT USE.