Attachment theory proposes that humans, alongside many other species, learn from an early age to seek refuge in trusted others in times of need. There has been a recent resurgence in interest around the vitality of attachments to human health. Experimental evidence suggests that attachment representations and social support can have a soothing effect that assists in the coping of stress, providing many other psychological benefits. The primary caregiver during infancy plays an important role in establishing these healthy and advantageous attachment systems.
But disruptions to these attachment systems through the experience of unreliable attachments can result in efficiencies in the ability to benefit from attachments in adulthood and the development of insecure or avoidant attachment styles. Refugees are also profoundly affected by breakdown in attachment networks as conflict and forced migration disrupts connection to family, community and place. Such compromised attachment systems can significantly influence the experience, severity and maintenance of PTSD and other mental health symptoms following trauma exposure.
Clinical Master Class Evening
14 October 2015
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