Emotional Availability

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This is the official site for International Center for Excellence in Emotional Availability (aka emotionalavailability.com) which provides information about the Emotional Availability (EA) System to assess and evaluate adult-child relationships.  The system is mainly used to evaluate the observed quality of mother-child and father-child relationships, but it has also been used for other relationships, including those of child care professionals and teachers with the children in their classrooms; child care providers in their homes; grandparents with their grandchildren; adult caregivers with dementia patients; therapists with their clients; as well as the doctor-patient relationship. The EA System has been used to evaluate children who are typically developing as well as those who show atypical development, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing and Visual Difficulties, as well as varied Internalizing and Externalizing Behavioral Problems.  Similarly, a wide range of parents can be evaluated, including low-risk (high income, high functioning) as well as higher risk families (e.g., those who have a history of unipolar or bipolar depression) as well as those who show personality disorders (e.g., borderline personality disorder).  At this time, the system is able to evaluate relationships beginning in pregnancy and all the way at least to child/adolescent age 17 years.  It is the only observational tool that can evaluate the parent’s relationship with the unborn fetus, all the way to the late teen years (hence, this is a life-span construct and tool).  This website will be of special use to researchers and practitioners who are interested in learning to evaluate adult-child relationships using an evidence-based system, as there are extensive studies documenting work in all of the above areas, and new research being produced on a regular basis.

The Emotional Availability (EA) System has been used in independent laboratories and organizations since 1993, and we are now in the 4.1 edition of the system. The EA Scales (continuous scales) are the most important part of this system and require training and certification to implement.  More recently, the EA Zones Evaluation (often also referred to as the EA Clinical Screener) has been added to the system as a way to summarize the EA Scales and a way to describe how the system is translated into four attachment styles.

Check out this introductory video about the site and please feel free to contact us at any time, using the ‘contact’ tab.