The Attachment and Bonding Observations Checklist is a tool that outlines specific behaviors to observe when assessing the attachment and bonding between a child and their parent or caregiver. The checklist is divided into different age ranges, including birth to one year, one to five years, primary school years, and adolescents.
For each age range, the checklist provides a set of behaviors to look for in both the child and the parent/carer. These behaviors include aspects such as responsiveness, engagement, physical contact, emotional expression, setting limits, positive interactions, and acceptance of autonomy.
By using this checklist, social workers and observers can assess the quality of attachment and bonding between a child and their caregiver. It serves as a framework for understanding the dynamics of the relationship and can help identify areas that may require further support or intervention.
Overall, the checklist aims to assist in evaluating the strength of the attachment bond, identifying areas of healthy attachment, and identifying areas that may need additional attention or intervention to promote positive attachment and bonding between the child and their parent or caregiver.
FREE DOWNLOAD OF OBSERVATIONS CHECKLIST: WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN ASSESSING ATTACHMENT AND BONDING (TOOL)