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From preschool to school age: narrative story stems

BySTEVE FARNFIELD

This chapter explains the use of narrative story stems to assess the attachment strategies and internal worlds of young children. The intention is to give an overview of the procedure together with an introduction to the most commonly used coding systems and an illustrative case vignette. Consideration is also given to the balance between attachment and exploration in children’s stories and the development of a new coding system which offers an assessment of play themes in terms of mentalising in young children.