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ERIC Number: EJ741939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-006X
Unresolved Attachment, PTSD, and Dissociation in Women with Childhood Abuse Histories
Stovall-McClough, K. Chase; Cloitre, Marylene
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v74 n2 p219-228 Apr 2006
The primary objective of this study was to examine unresolved trauma as assessed by the Adult Attachment Interview and current psychiatric symptoms, focusing on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociation, in a group of adult female childhood abuse survivors. The authors examined psychiatric symptoms and attachment representations in a group with (n = 30) and without (n = 30) abuse-related PTSD. The findings revealed that unresolved trauma carried a 7.5-fold increase in the likelihood of being diagnosed with PTSD and was most strongly associated with PTSD avoidant symptoms rather than dissociative symptoms. The utility of a PTSD framework for understanding unresolved trauma and the role of intentional avoidance of trauma cues in the maintenance of traumatized states of mind are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Adult Attachment Interview