Treating disorganized attachment in the Group Attachment-Based Intervention (GABI©): A case study

Hannah Y. Knafo, Anne P. Murphy, Howard Steele, Miriam Steele

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This paper describes the treatment of a mother and child who demonstrated disorganized attachment behaviors in their interactions with one another. The mother, who was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, felt incapable of managing her aggressive toddler and his emotional needs. The dyad was referred for therapy due to concerns about his developmental progress, evident delays having been mainly attributed to the problems observed within the parent-child relationship. The primary intervention applied to working with the dyad was the Group Attachment-Based Intervention (GABI

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • Attachment
  • Dyadic therapy
  • Group
  • Intervention
  • Personality disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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