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Beebe, B. Lachmann, F. Markese, S. Bahrick, L. (2012). On the Origins of Disorganized Attachment and Internal Working Models: Paper I. A Dyadic Systems Approach. Psychoanal. Dial., 22(2):253-272.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22(2):253-272

On the Origins of Disorganized Attachment and Internal Working Models: Paper I. A Dyadic Systems Approach

Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D., Frank Lachmann, Ph.D., Sara Markese, Ph.D. and Lorraine Bahrick, Ph.D.

Despite important recent progress in understanding disorganized attachment, we still lack a full understanding of the mechanisms of disorganized attachment formation and transmission prior to 12 months. In this paper we lay out our recommendations for the study of the 4-month origins of disorganized attachment. In our subsequent Paper II we report on the results of a large empirical study that was conducted along the lines we recommend in Paper I. Both Papers I and II are based on Beebe et al. (2010). In Paper I we describe our proposal that a detailed microanalysis of 4-month mother–infant face-to-face communication would further inform our understanding of the process of disorganized attachment formation between mother and infant. Such a microanalysis would allow us to characterize the nature of the 4-month infant's procedural representations, or emerging “internal working models” of attachment.

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