Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mentalization in DIR/Floortime: Facilitating reflective functioning in parents of children with developmental challenges
by Gruenberg, Kevin, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2016, 188; 3703391
Abstract (Summary)

By highlighting the profound link between Greenspan and Wieder’s (2006) DIR/Floortime and Fonagy et al.’s (2002) mentalization theory, this comprehensive literature review makes more evident: 1) the wider applicability of DIR/Floortime to a range of conditions, not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); 2) that parents are the primary mutative agent in their child’s life; 3) that ASD symptomology creates obstacles to the parents’ capacity to construct optimal social-emotional learning environments, which undermines parents’ unique growth promoting role; 4) parental trauma functions as a barrier to the implementation of DIR/Floortime; and lastly 5) the cultivation of parental mentalization, through attachment-based interventions, must be a central component of DIR/Floortime treatment. Additionally, this dissertation includes a summary of findings from interviews with five professionals with expertise in DIR/Floortime or mentalization-based therapy and who carefully utilize parent work in their clinical practice with children.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Murray, Joan
Commitee: Cohen, Richard
School: Alliant International University
Department: Los Angeles, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Attachment theory, Autism spectrum disorder, Dir/floortime, Mentalization, Parenting a child with autism spectrum disorder, Reflective parenting
Publication Number: 3703391
ISBN: 9781321751895
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