Reflective Functioning

Below is a sampling of resources about reflective functioning, mentalizing, and attachment.

  • Allen, J.G., Fonagy, P., & Bateman, A. (2008). Mentalizing in Clinical Practice. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
  • Allen, J. G. & Fonagy, P. (2006). Handbook of Mentalization-Based Treatment. Chichester, UK: Wiley.
  • Bateman, A., & Fonagy, P. (2006). Mentalization-Based Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Practical Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  • Bateman, A. & Fongy, P. (2012). Handbook of mentalizing in mental health practice. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc.
  • Carlson, B. & Sroufe, L.A. (1995). The contributions of attachment theory to developmental psychopathology. In D. Cicchetti & D. Cohen, Eds., Developmental Psychopathology. New York: Wiley. (missing page nos.)
  • Cassidy, J. (2008).  The nature of the child’s ties.  In Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications, ed. J. Cassidy & P. Shaver. New York: Guilford Publications, pp. 3-22.
  • Cassidy, J. & Shaver, P.R. (2008). Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research and Clinical Applications.  New York: Guilford Press.
  • Fearon, P., Target, M., Sargent, J., Williams, L.L., McGregor, J., Bleiberg, E., & Fonagy, P. (2006).  Short-term mentalization and relational therapy (SMART): An integrative family therapy for children and adolescents. In Handbook of Mentalization-Based Treatment, ed. J. Allen & P. Fonagy. Chichester, UK: Wiley. (pages missing)
  • Fonagy, P. (2001) Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysis. New York: Other Press.
  • Fonagy, P., Steele, M., Steele, H., Leigh, T., Kennedy, R., Mattoon, G., & Target, M. (1995). Attachment, the reflective self, and borderline states: The predictive specificity of the Adult Attachment Interview and pathological emotional development. In Attachment Theory: Social, Developmental and Clinical Perspectives, ed. S. Goldberg, R. Muir, & J. Kerr. Hillsdale. NJ: Analytic Press, pp. 223–279.
  • Fonagy, P., Gergely, G., Jurist, E., & Target, M. (2002). Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of the Self. New York: Other Press.
  • Grienenberger, J,  Slade, A., & Kelly, K. (2005). Maternal reflective functioning, mother-infant affective communication and infant attachment: Exploring the link between mental states and observed caregiving. Attachment and Human Development, 7, 299-311.
  • Hesse, E. & Main, M. (2000). Disorganized infant, child, and adult attachment: Collapse in behavioral and attentional strategies. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, v. 48, 1097-1127.
  • Karen, R. (1997) Becoming Attached. Oxford University Press.
  • Lyons-Ruth, K. & Jacobvitz, D. (2008). Attachment disorganization: Genetic factors, parenting contexts, and developmental transformation from infancy to adulthood. In Handbook of Attachment Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications, Second Edition, ed. J. Cassidy & P. Shaver. New York: Guilford Publications (pp. xxx).
  • Main, M., Kaplan, N., & Cassidy, J. (1985). Security in infancy, childhood and adulthood: The move to the level of representation. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development (1-2 Serial, No. 209), 50: 66–107.
  • Main, M.  (2000). The organized categories of infant, child, and adult attachment: Flexible vs. inflexible attention under attachment-related stress. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, v. 48.
  • Nugent, J. K., Keefer,, C. Minear, ,S., Johnson, L. & Blanchard, Y. (2007). Understanding newborn behavior and relationships. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.
  • Slade, A. (2000). The Reflective Function: A Discussion of Papers by Fonagy, Target, and Gergely. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 1, 42-48.
  • Slade, A. (2005). Parental reflective functioning: An Introduction. Attachment and Human Development, 7, 269-281. 
  • Slade, A., Grienenberger, J., Bernbach, E., Levy, D., & Locker, A. (2005). Maternal reflective functioning, attachment, and the transmission gap: A preliminary study. Attachment and Human Development. 7, 283-292. 
  • Slade, A. (2006). Reflective parenting programs: Theory and development. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 26, 640-657.
  • Slade, A. (2008). The implications of attachment theory and research for adult psychotherapy: Research and clinical perspectives.  In Handbook of Attachment Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications, Second Edition, ed. J. Cassidy & P. Shaver, eds. (pp. 762-782). New York: Guilford Publications.
  • Slade, A. (2008). Mentalization as frame for parent work in child psychotherapy. In Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis, ed. E. Jurist, A. Slade, & S. Bergner, (pp. 307-334). New York: Other Press.