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Maternal Trauma in a Child Welfare Context: Symptomology, Adult Attachment, and Parenting Style

Abstract Traumatic events have deleterious effects biologically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Events may include violence, neglect, and abuse and are best understood through a lifecourse perspective. Preventable and treatable, traumatic exposure promotes the development of trauma symptoms including avoidance, hyperarousal, increased fear, intrusive experiences, and aggression/violence. Trauma symptomology is thought to be an underlying cause of child maltreatment and intergenerational cycles of abuse/neglect. Traumatic symptoms may interfere with the ability to work, function, and care for young children and may accompany a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis.

Although these experiences are known to be harmful, little researc... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Kawam, Elisa (Author) / Krysik, Judy (Advisor) / Shafer, Michael (Committee member) / Roe-Sepowitz, Dominique (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social work / Social research / Public health / child welfare / early childhood / mothering / PTSD / social work / trauma
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 273 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Doctoral Dissertation Social Work 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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