The Adult Attachment Projective Picture System© (AAP) is a free-response psychological assessment of adult attachment.

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The Adult Attachment Projective Picture System © (AAP) is a free-response psychological assessment of adult attachment. This assessment follows the Bowlby-Ainsworth principles of theory and research, and assessment standards in the field of attachment. The AAP was developed by Dr. Carol George (co-author of the Adult Attachment Interview, AAI) and Dr. Malcolm West (co-author of the Reciprocal Attachment Questionnaire, RAQ). It provides researchers and psychology professionals with a validated developmental measure of adult attachment that circumvents the limitations of interview administration and analysis. The AAP’s unique coding and classification system designates the four standard AAI classification groups and provides information about attachment based-dimensions, including defensive processes, not assessed using other adult attachment measures.

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Exciting And Useful
Tools For Research and Clinical Practice

“The AAP is an exciting and useful tool for research and clinical practice. George and West describe the development and major features of the AAP while also providing incisive, original contributions to contemporary attachment theory. This book is appropriate for researchers and clinicians—both experts and novices—and for graduate students. I eagerly anticipate using it in training clinicians in Therapeutic Assessment.”

– Stephen Finn, PhD, Founder, Center for Therapeutic Assessment; Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin.

This Book Will Motivate
Researchers and Clinicians Alike

“Research on patterns of adults’ thoughts, memories, and feelings about intimate family relationships—especially child–parent relationships—has developed steadily and dramatically. One of the biggest challenges is developing assessment tools that successfully balance scientific precision, reliability, and validity with practical clinical utility. This volume represents the most promising attempt to meet this need that I have seen to date. I am certain this book will motivate researchers and clinicians alike to use the AAP in their work, and will become a well-worn reference.”

– Robert Marvin, PhD, University of Virginia, and Director, The Mary Ainsworth Child–Parent Attachment Clinic.

Exciting And Useful
Tools For Research and Clinical Practice

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