Does AMBIT work?
AMBIT is a developmental theory supported by an extensive body of empirical research.
At its centre, AMBIT is underpinned by the core theory of mentalization. This is a developmental theory supported by an extensive body of empirical research (Fonagy, 2002; Fonagy & Bateman, 2016).There is compelling evidence for the relevance of mentalizing as having a key role in the help seeking processes, especially the establishment of trust (specifically “epistemic trust”) (Egyed et al, 2014, Fonagy & Allison, 2014; Fonagy, Luyten, & Allison, 2015).Applying Mentalization directly in face to face work with adolescents experiencing self harm and suicidality has shown positive results in a randomised control trial (Fonagy and Roussow (2012). AMBIT is also heavily influenced by a number of empirically based theories, in particular attachment theory and systemic theory.
Mentalization and Epistemic Trust references
Fonagy P, Bateman AW. Adversity, attachment, and mentalizing. Compr Psychiatry. 2016 Jan;64:59-66. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.11.006. Epub 2015 Nov 30. PMID: 26654293
Egyed et al, 2014, Fonagy & Allison, 2014; Fonagy, Luyten, & Allison, 2015)
Rossouw, Fonagy (2012) Mentalization-based treatment for self-harm in adolescents: a randomized controlled trial J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2012 Dec;51(12):1304-1313