A journal article has been published looking at St Christopher's use of Attachment Style Interviews and Vulnerable Attachment Style Questionnaire within our children's homes in England and the Isle of Man.
Oxford University Press published the paper on behalf of the British Association of Social Workers. It describes the use of ASI and VASQ in a pilot study of young people in our care.
The study's aim was to test these measures in practice contexts administered by practitioners and to determine rates of insecure and disorganised attachment style so they could be compared with other studies.
Results show around half of the young people had disorganised or mixed attachment styles. Avoidant styles were more common than anxious ones, but secure style was rare.
The study also looked at how young people and carers sometimes gave different ratings but were similar overall.
The ASI and Q-Pack enable us to get better outcomes for young people as we can offer more tailored support packages. This sets us apart from other providers and shows how we really go the extra mile to help every young person who comes to us.
Chief Executive Ron Giddens said: "This article is a testament to the innovative work that we have been able to do in partnership with our colleagues at Middlesex University."
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