We introduced an internationally tested, evidence-based treatment approach. The Circle of Security© is a parent education and psychotherapy program designed to shift patterns of attachment-care giving interactions in vulnerable caregiver-child dyads to more appropriate developmental pathways.
The intervention involves at-risk mothers, fathers or caregivers of infants and toddlers who meet with a psychotherapist for an hour and a quarter each week for up to 20 weeks (Marvin et al, 2002) [view more about Secure Beginnings].
To measure the effectiveness of the intervention we carried out the following pre and post measurements:
- Strange Situation Procedure has been used to identify attachment style (pre-test only)
- Parental Sense of Competence questionnaire (PSOC)
- Coping with Toddlers Negative Emotion Scale (CTNES)
- Parental Reflective Functioning Questionnaire (PRFQ-1) Post interview (post-test only)
Early results indicate positive shifts, however a greater sample size and further analysis will be required.