DMM Model

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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