About Emotional Availability

Emotional Availability (EA) is the “connective tissue of relationships” and a life-span measurement tool that evaluates adult-child relationships from pregnancy to adolescent age 17 years.

A group of happy children of boys and girls run in the Park on the grass on a Sunny summer day . The concept of ethnic friendship, peace, kindness, childhood.

The EA System is used to evaluate the observed quality of mother-child and father-child relationships, as well as other relationships, including those of child care professionals and teachers with children; 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., lower income, those who have a history of unipolar or bipolar depression) as well as those who show personality disorders (e.g., borderline personality disorder).