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Assessing mentalising in attachment contexts

WithPATRICK LUYTEN, PETER FONAGY

This chapter reviews both clinical and research strategies to assess mentalising, that is, the capacity to understand the self and others in terms of intentional mental states (e.g. feelings, wishes, desires, and values), a capacity that is fundamentally rooted in attachment relationships (Allen et al. 2008; Luyten et al. 2012b). First, we briefl y summarise the mentalising approach with an emphasis on the intricate relationships between the development of the capacity for mentalising and attachment. Next, we outline principles, strategies and measures that can be used in both clinical practice and research contexts for assessing mentalising.