Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How do Somatic and Body Psychotherapists Identify Attachment Trauma in Adults? A Grounded Theory Investigation into the Somatic Nature of Attachment Trauma
by Barnum, Linda, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2016, 139; 10253486
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ahlstrom, Henry
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
Subjects: Psychology
Keywords: Attachment theory, Attachment trauma, Body psychotherapy, Complex trauma, Somatic psychology, Somatic psychotherapy
Publication Number: 10253486
ISBN: 978-0-355-13411-7
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