Development and Psychopathology

Special Section Commentaries

Emotional availability: Critical questions and research horizons

Robert N. Emdea1 c1

a1 University of Colorado


Based on attachment theory, the construct of emotional availability and its assessment goes beyond attachment in important ways. Its origins in clinical experience and emotions research are discussed as well as the prospects for continuing advances in knowledge stimulated by the contributions in the Special Section. This is especially so in terms of developmental variations and the biological underpinnings of emotional availability. A major need and opportunity also exists concerning research related to psychopathology, clinical interventions, and training.

(Online publication January 31 2012)


c1 Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Robert N. Emde, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Colorado School of Public Health, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Mail Stop F800, 13055 East 17th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045; E-mail: