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ERIC Number: EJ783347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
The Pain of Attachment--"You Have to Put a Little Wedge in There": How Vicarious Trauma Affects Child/Teacher Attachment
Lucas, Lyn
Childhood Education, v84 n2 p85 Win 2007
Children who have been traumatized tug at the souls of early childhood teachers who have big hearts and open arms. Whether children have been witnesses to a disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, or have experienced trauma through direct assault, such as abuse, they need people who are willing and able to take extra care and determination in ushering them though the process of healing. However, working closely with a child who has experienced a trauma exposes teachers and caregivers to that same trauma. The cumulative effect after years of working with abused children may manifest as burnout, traumatization, or secondary trauma. In this article, the author presents the results of a study that examined how trauma affects child-teacher attachment. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A