Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Exploration of Relational Patterns of Mothers and Their Children Exposed to Domestic Violence and Observed Changes Following Group-Attachment Based Intervention (GABI)
by Nikitiades, Adella, Ph.D., The New School, 2018, 97; 10931715
Abstract (Summary)

The present dissertation aimed to disentangle the deleterious effects of dual exposure to domestic violence (DV) and other traumatic experiences on the quality of mother-child relating patterns and treatment outcomes following Group Attachment-Based Intervention (GABI). Using an ecological-developmental perspective that accounts for child and environmental characteristics, this study aimed to explore the effects of DV using self-report and observational measures. Results demonstrated that the relating patterns of mothers and children exposed to DV have unique strengths and vulnerabilities that should inform intervention goals. Frequency of DV in the child’s life and the mother’s childhood was revealed to be a potent discriminating factor that diversified the frequently exposed to violence parent-child dyads and established them as the most vulnerable and with most increased treatment demands. Group Attachment-Based Intervention (GABI) was shown to be highly effective in treating those families. The importance of assessing for frequency of DV exposure as well as maternal history of exposure to DV during childhood is addressed. Areas of effective therapeutic intervention and factors that facilitate or obstruct change are identified and suggested as highly important elements of conceptualization and treatment planning.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Steele, Miriam
Commitee: Steele, Howard, Khadivi, Ali, Freeberg, Ellen
School: The New School
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 81/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Attachment, Domestic violence, Group attachment- based intervention, Parent-child relationship, Parenting
Publication Number: 10931715
ISBN: 9781085560795
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