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Associations between Childhood Maltreatment, Integrative Difficulties, and Frightening, Frightened, and Dissociated (FR) Parenting Behaviours

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Title: Associations between Childhood Maltreatment, Integrative Difficulties, and Frightening, Frightened, and Dissociated (FR) Parenting Behaviours
Author: Redden, Elyse K
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Bailey, Heidi N
Abstract: This study investigated whether maternal trauma integration difficulties (indicated by trauma symptoms and unresolved attachment) mediated or moderated associations between parental history of childhood maltreatment and FR (frightening, frightened, and dissociated) parenting behaviour. Mothers reported their maltreatment history and trauma symptoms, completed the Adult Attachment Interview, and were observed interacting with their 10-month-old infants. History of childhood maltreatment was associated with indices of integrative difficulties: emotional abuse and physical neglect with trauma symptoms, and physical and sexual abuse with unresolved attachment. Parental FR-behaviour was associated with both trauma symptoms and unresolved attachment. Certain types of childhood maltreatment were associated with FR-behaviour, but only modestly so. A model whereby childhood maltreatment predicted FR-behaviour mediated by integrative difficulties was partially supported, whereas a moderation model was not. Findings are consistent with the idea that FR-behaviour may be distinctly related to trauma. Results were discussed with reference to central methodological issues and the importance of assessing these variables through multiple methods.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/7490
Date: 2013-09
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
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