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

Hannah Knafo, Anne Murphy, Howard Steele, Miriam Steele

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Abstract

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)
Pages (from-to)1370-1382
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume74
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2018

Keywords

  • attachment
  • dyadic therapy
  • group
  • intervention
  • personality disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology

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