Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM)
The DMM Model facilitates attachment-based practice with families.
From birth onwards, a child's attachment system is activated to signal their need for protection from danger and for comfort.
To aid adaptive development, children need healthy relationships with an attachment figure who can provide comfort and protection from danger.
Attachment functioning shapes neural development and emotional and biological regulation processes, which impact relationships and parenting throughout life.
The model encompasses a range of assessments which can be used across the lifespan.
These seek to identify the self-protective strategies which underlie the individual's main attachment strategy.
They also uncover unresolved trauma and grief.
By administering a range of assessments, the attachment strategies used by family members, both children and adults, can be analysed to see how they are expressed both verbally and non-verbally.
Such understanding can lead to changing beliefs, feelings and family relationships.
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