The viability of the Parenting Representations Interview for assessing and measuring change in parents of adolescents

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Parents’ representations include parents’ views of their adolescent, of their own parenting and of the parent–adolescent relationship. Two longitudinal studies of parents and their adolescent sons and daughters support the validity of scales coding mothers in the Parenting Representations Interview-Adolescence (PRI-A). The studies, conducted in Israel during the transition from home to military service, demonstrated that three dimensions derived from the PRI-A: positive representations of adolescents, negative emotionality and inadequate boundaries were associated with adolescents’ AAI variables, relatedness-autonomy behaviors with mothers, and with other indicators, such as adolescents’ wellbeing, romantic intimacy and individuation. Examining parenting representations could help practitioners pinpoint targets for intervention and evaluate the changes that families go through during psychotherapy, as well as the therapeutic process and its outcomes. The findings support the viability of the PRI for use in attachment based interventions for adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-219
Number of pages21
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 4 Mar 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study of female adolescents was supported by a grant awarded to the first two authors and to Kathy Bell by the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation [grant number 1999313]. We wish to thank a very dedicated group of research assistants without whose enthusiasm these projects would have not been realized, and the families who participated in these studies and allowed us a glimpse into their private worlds.

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© 2015, © 2015 Taylor & Francis.


  • Adolescence
  • Adult Attachment Interview
  • Attachment
  • Intervention
  • Parenting representations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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