Attachment and reflective function: their role in self-organization.

  title={Attachment and reflective function: their role in self-organization.},
  author={Peter Fonagy and Mary Target},
  journal={Development and psychopathology},
  volume={9 4},
The paper traces the relationship between attachment processes and the development of the capacity to envision mental states in self and others. We suggest that the ability to mentalize, to represent behavior in terms of mental states, or to have "a theory of mind" is a key determinant of self-organization which is acquired in the context of the child's early social relationships. Evidence for an association between the quality of attachment relationship and reflective function in the parent… CONTINUE READING