Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Role of Attachment Style in Weight-Loss Surgery Outcomes
by Magee-Burford, Xhosa R., Ph.D., Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago), 2020, 196; 28023025
Abstract (Summary)

This study explores the lived experiences of post-weight-loss surgery patients and how attachment/relationship styles impact their post-surgical lives. Twelve post-weight-loss surgery patients completed the Experience in Close Relationships-Relationship Structures (ECR-RS) questionnaire to assess attachment patterns. These patients also participated in a semi-structured qualitative interview. I analyzed narratives using a content-analysis approach. Research data consisted of responses that illustrate the lived experience of the participants. I analyzed those responses via (a) attachment theory, (b) affect regulation theory, and (c) relational theory. My research returned five main findings:

1. Narrative interviews did not support ECR-RS results. . . .

2. All participants had unresolved and unconscious relational traumas that led to an insecure attachment style with both parents. . . .

3. Participant relational trauma/insecure attachment style led to the deployment of the secondary attachment strategy, which caused mind/body disconnection. . . .

4. The physical effects of weight-loss surgery caused mind/body reconnection. . . .

5. Participants’ old, unresolved, and unconscious relational traumas resurfaced and threatened to disconnect the mind and body again after surgery. . . .

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Berger, Barbara
Commitee: Tylke, Lynne, Duval, Denise, Ganzer, Carol, Friedman, Freda
School: Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)
Department: Clinical Social Work
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Surgery, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Attachment style, Weight-loss, Surgery
Publication Number: 28023025
ISBN: 9798662419810
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