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Meehan, K.B. Levy, K.N. Reynoso, J.S. Hill, L.L. Clarkin, J.F. (2009). Measuring Reflective Function with a Multidimensional Rating Scale: Comparison with Scoring Reflective Function on the AAI. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 57(1):208-213.
   

(2009). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 57(1):208-213

Measuring Reflective Function with a Multidimensional Rating Scale: Comparison with Scoring Reflective Function on the AAI

Kevin B. Meehan, Kenneth N. Levy, Joseph S. Reynoso, Lindsay L. Hill and John F. Clarkin

Over the last decade the concept of reflective function (RF) has become increasingly important in psychoanalysis. Fonagy and colleagues (1995) coined the term to describe the developmental achievement whereby children acquire the capacity to mentalize the thoughts, feelings, intentions, and desires of self and others. Drawing on developmental theory and research, they argue that the capacity for RF is dependent on the quality of interpersonal interactions, particularly the emotional relationship between the infant and caregivers “who are sufficiently benign and reflective” (Fonagy and Target 1996, p. 218). The concept is rooted in psychoanalytic object relations theory and attachment theory.

Reflective

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