DMM assessments of attachment and adaptation: Procedures, validity and utility

Stephen Farnfield, ,Airi Hautamäki, Peder Nørbech, Nicola Sahhar

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This article gives a brief over view of the Dynamic-Maturational Model of attachment and
adaptation (DMM; Crittenden, 2008) together with the various DMM assessments of attachment
that have been developed for specific stages of development. Each assessment is discussed in
terms of procedure, outcomes, validity, advantages and limitations, comparable procedures and
areas for further research and validation. The aims are twofold: to provide an introduction to
DMM theory and its application that underlie the articles in this issue of CCPP; and to provide
researchers and clinicians with a guide to DMM assessments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-328
Number of pages25
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • assessment, attachment, development, dynamic

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