Through a qualitative heuristic methodology, this thesis explores the questions, How do
symptoms of early disrupted attachment contribute to the development of a food complex, and what are possible clinical interventions? The importance of early attachment, the emotional and physical connection between infant and caregiver, is well established in the psychology literature. Secure early attachment creates a psychological foundation from which the infant can start to develop an individuated identity; on the other hand, when the infant’s emotional or physical needs are not met, the resulting disrupted attachment elicits a defensive trauma response, such as the development of a self-care system or complexes. Complexes can take many forms but share consistent features such as compulsive, destructive behaviors. The thesis begins with a review of the relevant literature, and then the author presents a fictional case study, along with recommendations for clinical interventions in the psychotherapy.
|Commitee:||Walling, Joanna, Jacobson, Gioia|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/11(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, School counseling, Behavioral psychology|
|Keywords:||Attachment theory, Complex trauma, Depth psychology, Disordered eating, Eating disorder, Therapy|
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