Intergenerational Transmission of Patterns of Attachment

Format: Zoom (via Eventbrite)

Speaker: Dr Nicolas Lorenzini 

Date: Saturday 17th April 14.00 – 15.30 BST

IAN & AGIP Members fee £35 (enter members discount code at point of purchase) | Non-members fee: £50


This Seminar is also Week 6 of our PG Certificate in Attachment Theory. Registered PG Cert students will be given a code to access free tickets on the Eventbrite page on the day of the seminar.

In this seminar, Dr Nicolas Lorenzini delves deeper into the phenomenon of intergenerational transmission of attachment. The association between the caregiver’s attachment representations and those of their offspring. What has been called “the intergenerational transmission of attachment” is one of the most established findings of attachment research. This fact about the functioning of attachment has been replicated on several occasions and across different cultures. However, this transmission is not a straightforward process, with secure attachment being intergenerationally transmitted more often than insecure, a phenomenon known as “the transmission gap”. This seminar explores the mechanisms of intergenerational transmission and its gap, particularly with regard to the role of trauma, caregiver sensitivity and mentalizing. The parenting and clinical implications of this phenomenon will be discussed.

About the Speaker

Nicolás Lorenzini, MSc, PhD. is Research Fellow at University College London, Lecturer at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin, and practicing psychotherapist in Berlin where he currently lives. He is a longstanding member of the Executive Committee of IAN-UK and is Technical Director of its online training programs in English and Spanish. He is also currently Vice-President of AIEDEM and Director of its training in Mentalizing Theory.

Nicolas Publications: