Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

Enhancing attachment relationships: An evaluation of the Circle of Security Parenting Intervention

Tan, Jacinta Avril (2019) Enhancing attachment relationships: An evaluation of the Circle of Security Parenting Intervention. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

PDF - Whole Thesis
Available Upon Request


The quality of the parent-child attachment relationship in the first five years is crucial for a child’s socio-emotional and cognitive development as it critically influences how the infant processes social information and interacts with the environment. This study aims to investigate the efficacy of the Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) program on: i) the caregiver’s ability to better understand and cope with their child’s emotional needs; ii) enhancing parental reflective functioning (i.e., caregivers awareness of their child’s emotions while also being aware of their own); and iii) enhancing dyadic empathy in the caregivers’ romantic relationship. Twenty caregivers with a child aged 5 and below were recruited to participate in the COS-P intervention program. Participants completed self-report measures at three time points (T1, T2, T3). A within-subject nested control design was utilised in this study (T1 to T2), with the COS-P intervention completed between T2 to T3. The results only partially supported the hypotheses, with a significant increase in supportive responses and a decrease in unsupportive responses to coping with a child’s distress after attending the COS-P program. The study provides initial findings on the efficacy of the COS-P program in enhancing the caregiver’s ability to cope with their child’s emotional needs and distress. Future studies may replicate these findings with a larger sample, using randomized controlled designs, and follow-up data.

Keywords: Circle of Security, attachment, reflective functioning, empathy

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Notes: Note to the author: If you would like to make your thesis openly available on Murdoch University Library's Research Repository, please contact: Thank you.
Supervisor(s): Almeida, Renita
Item Control Page Item Control Page