The Adult Attachment Interview
The Adult Attachment Interview has been an important contribution
to modern attachment study. General information about the AAI is
available in at www.johnbowlby.com.
See especially the article by Crowell & Trebouxin the On-line
Articles section of and information about the AAI interview questions
and administration procedures
information should be useful to those who want to better understand
published research that reports AAI data.
Proper administration and scoring of the AAI requires extensive
training. Although the Stony Brook Attachment Research Lab has
published a substantial amount of research validating and using
the AAI, we do not regularly train researchers from other labs.
At our request, Dr. June Sroufe provides the following description
of the training procedures, costs, etc. Please address all inquiries
about such training to Dr. Sroufe or one of the other trainers
Learning to Score the Adult Attachment Interview
by Dr. June Sroufe
Learning to score and code the Adult Attachment Interview begins
with a two-week intensive training institute. As important background,
the institute starts with a brief summary of Bowlby¹s original
attachment theory, a description of the Infant Attachment categories
of Mary Ainsworth (including the Strange Situation Procedure),
and the subsequent links to adult attachment theory and the Adult
Attachment Interview. Following this preliminary review, the bulk
of the training is focussed on the AAI scoring and coding system
developed by Mary Main and Ruth Goldwyn, AAI transcripts are both
studied and scored by trainees outside of class and also carefully
reviewed during class time. Less formal discussion of research
and clinical questions that arise during the training is scheduled
and conducted as needed. Upon completion of the course, trainees
are given several booklets to take with them for continued study
and practice in preparation for certification testing. The certification
process takes an additional 18 months and consists of three tests
taken at 6-month intervals. Each test is a set of about ten transcripts
to be coded.
Training has recently been made more available
by the certification of a number of skilled trainers. They should
be contacted individually about forthcoming training opportunities.
Please do not contact the NY Attachment Consortium.
Dr. June Sroufe at: email@example.com (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Dr. David Pederson at: firstname.lastname@example.org (London, Ontario)
Dr. Deborah Jacobvitz at: email@example.com (Austin, Texas)
Dr. Sonia Gojman at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mexico City)
Dr. Nino Dazzi at: email@example.com (Rome, Italy)
Dr. Nancy Kaplan at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Berkeley)
Anders G. Broberg, at: Anders.Broberg@psy.gu.se (Göteborg,
Drs. Mary Main and Erik Hesse at fax #: 510-642-4137 or 5293
The cost for two weeks training is on the order
of $1500 (depending on the number of teachers and special circumstances)
plus travel and lodging and approximately
for a mandatory reliability test completed after returning from
the formal training.