Adverse early attachment experiences have been identified as contributing factors in adult behaviors ranging from neurological development, affect regulation, parenting, and romantic relationships. This study focused on adult attachment trauma from the perspective of somatic and body-centered therapists, and how such complex trauma is identified at the somatic or bodily level. Grounded theory analysis revealed three core somatic attachment styles: Withdrawal, Avoidance, and Disconnected. Significantly, the findings corresponded to aspects of the Adult Attachment Inventory, but were unique to somatic therapists and their perceptions of adult attachment trauma. The results of this study may aid the multi-disciplinary field of somatic psychology to share a common identification of adult attachment trauma.
|Commitee:||Bergemann, Eric, Knighton, Edmund|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Clinical Psychology: Somatic Concentration|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Attachment theory, Attachment trauma, Body psychotherapy, Complex trauma, Somatic psychology, Somatic psychotherapy|
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