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Friday, 14 September 2007 15:03

Q. How long have you been working with parents and children on security and emotional availability? 
A. Over 16 years. 
Q. What inspired you to create the emotional availability scales? 
A. There was no instrument based on the scientific field of child-parent attachment that described in detail what parents and children do that leads to security. Emotional availability offers a multi-faceted way of observing not only what parents to that is right but how to observe the child as well. The child's experience is the key to understanding the quality of emotional connection between parent and child. 
Q. In what types of studies are your emotional availability scales used? 
A. It is used in research, clinical work with parents and children, and in intervention studies. 
Q. How do you feel your emotional availability scales have helped parents and children connect?  
A. They describe what parents and children "do" that creates secure connections. How to achieve "security in parent-child relationships" is not vague and with the help of this book, all parents can learn to assess their children's sense of security when there is still time to correct insecurities.  
Q. How did the idea for your book, "Raising a Secure Child" come about?  
A. I realized that 40-50 years of research on the scientific study of child-parent attachment has not been brought to the attention of parents, and what is described as "attachment parenting" is not based on science. It was my passion to translate the scientific research for all parents. 
Q. Over the years you have spent as a child psychologist do you feel that parents today connect more or less with their children than parents did 10 or 15 years ago?  
A. I'll do better than that and give you information from large numbers of participants in research studies throughout the country. The percentage of insecurity is 20-30% and consistent in the last 40-50 years, likely because this is a 'core' characteristic of relationships and how people relate to one another, rather than related to trends in working, staying at home, etc.
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Below is a list of Zeynep Biringen books:

Raising a Secure Child: Creating an Emotional Connection Between

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