Research Focus Areas
Research within this stream is coordinated through The Melbourne Attachment and Caregiving (MAC) Alliance, which is an Australian affiliate of the internationally renowned Mary Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic. The MAC Alliance is founded on the Australian Temperament Project Generation 3 Study (see Lifecourse and Surveillance), funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council. The MAC Alliance has strong community based, clinical and educational programs, and offers the only accredited training in coding of attachment and caregiving behaviour for the Strange Situation Procedure in Australia.
The SoAR Lab focuses on understanding the underlying systems that regulate the way that people interact in their relationships. Drawing on some of the major theories in social psychology and personality, our lab studies relationships across the entire span of adulthood (including the transition to young adulthood). Our laboratory aims to gain insight into the processes that govern the functioning of close relationships and their outcomes. Our research targets a wide variety of contexts which currently include important life events, transitions and emerging social issues that can impact on relationships. We aim to bridge the gap between science and practice by making our research accessible to the academic and therapeutic communities as well as the general public.
Early Childhood Emotional Growth Indicators
Perinatal Development Index
The purpose of the Perinatal Development Indicator Project is to identify a definitive set of socio-emotional indicators as they relate to the period spanning pregnancy, child birth and infancy (up to 12 months postpartum). The PDI will be developed within leading Australian longitudinal datasets running through SEED, the Melbourne Children’s Campus, and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.
Toddler Development Index
The purpose of the Toddler Development Index Project is to test a new set of socio-emotional indicators for monitoring early development (up to 18 months) put together by colleagues from the University of British Columbia. The first community implementation of the TDI in Victorian communities is planned for 2017. Further testing of the TDI within Australian longitudinal dataset will also be undertaken across 2017.
Recommended psychoeducational resources
This video presents a provocative idea in which core attachment and care needs of both young children and older people are met by integrating child care in aged care (playing time 2:36).
"Sensitive--The Untold Story", feat. 7-time Grammy winner Alanis Morissette, is on Examiner's Top 10 Must See Documentaries list and is the first of the series and is based on Dr. Elaine Aron’s findings.
Circle of Security's Bert Powell and Kent Hoffman, along with Angie Dierdorff, Beth Fergin, and Rae Swenson, discuss how Circle of Security's Core Sensitivities training can be useful in clinical applications and in understanding personal relationships.