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Understanding maltreating mothers: a synthesis of relational trauma, attachment disorganization, structural dissociation of the personality, and experiential avoidance.
J Trauma Dissociation. 2011; 12(5):495-509.JT

Abstract

Treatment options are limited for families in which the child has severe and intractable disturbances of emotion and behavior, in which there is suspected or confirmed maltreatment by the mother, and in which the mother has her own history of childhood neglect and abuse. This paper proposes a model for understanding maltreatment in mother-child dyads, drawing upon the developmental psychopathology, behavior, and trauma literatures. At the core of this model is the hypothesis that a mother's maltreating behavior arises from unconscious attempts to experientially avoid the reemergence of an attachment-related dissociative part of the personality that contains the distress arising from her own early experiences of attachment relationships. The implications of this model for therapy are considered.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Southern Adelaide Health Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Jackie.amos@health.sa.gov.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21967177

Citation

Amos, Jackie, et al. "Understanding Maltreating Mothers: a Synthesis of Relational Trauma, Attachment Disorganization, Structural Dissociation of the Personality, and Experiential Avoidance." Journal of Trauma & Dissociation : the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD), vol. 12, no. 5, 2011, pp. 495-509.
Amos J, Furber G, Segal L. Understanding maltreating mothers: a synthesis of relational trauma, attachment disorganization, structural dissociation of the personality, and experiential avoidance. J Trauma Dissociation. 2011;12(5):495-509.
Amos, J., Furber, G., & Segal, L. (2011). Understanding maltreating mothers: a synthesis of relational trauma, attachment disorganization, structural dissociation of the personality, and experiential avoidance. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation : the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD), 12(5), 495-509. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299732.2011.593259
Amos J, Furber G, Segal L. Understanding Maltreating Mothers: a Synthesis of Relational Trauma, Attachment Disorganization, Structural Dissociation of the Personality, and Experiential Avoidance. J Trauma Dissociation. 2011;12(5):495-509. PubMed PMID: 21967177.
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