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The Strange Situation and Disorganised Attachment. Prof Marinus van IJzendoorn

In this seminar Professor Marinus van IJzendoorn explores the challenges in accurately identifying disorganised attachment patterns in the Strange Situation. Assessment of ‘organised’ attachment relationships in infancy is complicated even when we use a standard observational procedure such as the Strange Situation. It is even more difficult to decide whether the infant’s behaviour and interactions (or the absence thereof) in the Strange Situation qualify for calling the attachment ‘disorganised’. Furthermore, it has proven complicated to pinpoint the psychometrics of disorganised attachment as well as its validity, and how it might be used in policy and practice. In elaborating these challenges, Professor van IJzendoorn makes the case for more collaborative research.


Reading Material: Granqvist, P., Sroufe, L. A., Dozier, M., Hesse, E., Steele, M., van Ijzendoorn, M., Solomon, J., Schuengel, C., Fearon, P., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., Steele, H., Cassidy, J., Carlson, E., Madigan, S., Jacobvitz, D., Foster, S., Behrens, K., Rifkin-Graboi, A., Gribneau, N., Spangler, G., Ward, M. J., True, M., Spieker, S., Reijman, S., Reisz, S., Tharner, A., Nkara, F., Goldwyn, R., Sroufe, J., Pederson, D., Pederson, D., Weigand, R., Siegel, D., Dazzi, N., Bernard, K., Fonagy, P., Waters, E., Toth, S., Cicchetti, D., Zeanah, C. H., Lyons-Ruth, K., Main, M. & Duschinsky, R. (2017). Disorganized attachment in infancy: a review of the phenomenon and its implications for clinicians and policy-makers. Attachment & Human Development, 19:6, 534-558, DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2017.1354040.



About the Speaker:

Professor of Human Development at the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam; Scientific Consultant of the Leiden-Consortium of Individual Development, PI of the Generation R cohort study, Erasmus University Medical Centre, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Clinical, Education and Health Psychology, Division on Psychology and Language Sciences, Faculty of Brain Sciences, UCL, London, UK.