Intergenerational transmission of trauma: attachment, adverse childhood experiences, and current life stress, The
Attachment theory highlights the importance of the quality of the relationship between an infant and his or her primary caregiver. However, caregivers with unresolved trauma or loss may behave in frightening ways and foster a disorganized (D) attachment style with their infant. This attachment style poses a significant risk for later psychopathology. However, challenges remain in identifying D attachment through observation. The Emotional Availability (EA) system may help to elucidate the indicators of disorganization. Study 1 represents the first step in validating the EA system in identifying ...
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