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date: 06 March 2021

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This chapter describes the use of the Story Stem assessment methodologies used with children four to eight years of age as a way of uncovering children's thoughts and feelings about attachment relationships. The story stem assessment utilizes both narrative responses and nonverbal play behavior to discover qualities of the child's imagination and symbolic play that are crucial for understanding their inner world. Data are presented from both typical and clinical samples to elucidate the way in which careful attention to the child's imagination can highlight both social—emotional and cognitive functioning as they related to the child's actual lived experience and meaning-making attempts.

Keywords: attachment, clinical samples, story stem assessments, symbolic play

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