Direct observation as a measuring instrument in caregiver-and-child attachment : a social work investigation
In this dissertation 9 social workers working in Pretoria, Gauteng Province were interviewed. The focus of these interviews was regarding the use of direct observation as a measuring instrument for the purpose of assessing attachment of the caregiver-and-child's relationship. This information jointly with a two-fold literature study served as the foundation for a proposed preliminary practise framework. The completed research is described in the article format in two articles. Article 1 contains the literature study on attachment theory and its application to direct observation of attachment of the caregiver and child's relationship. Article 2 contains the literature study on direct observation measuring instruments for the purpose of assessing attachment of the caregiver-and-child's relationship. Direct observation measuring instruments used by experienced social workers were also examined by means of an empirical investigation. The practise framework acts as preliminary guidelines giving direction into the usage of direct observation as a structured measuring instrument in assessing the caregiver-and-child's attachment relationship.
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