project . 2017 - 2020 . Closed

Attachment and the transgenerational effects of loss, abuse and trauma: Exploring and testing classic ideas through historical analysis and developmental science

Wellcome Trust
  • Funder: Wellcome TrustProject code: 208155
  • Funded under: Medical Humanities Funder Contribution: 97,935 GBP
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    01 Oct 2017
    End Date
    01 Oct 2020
Description
Since it was introduced by John Bowlby, attachment research has been among the most influential paradigms for understanding the social underpinnings of infant mental health and transgenerational mental health. However, an odd artefact of the way a major research instrument was constructed in the 1980s by Mary Main has meant that to date attachment research has largely treated loss, abuse, and trauma as essentially equivalent, despite their very different clinical implications. A multidisciplinary approach will be used to investigate these concepts and examine potential differences. Work Package 1 will comprise a critical re-examination of the concepts of loss, a...
Description
Since it was introduced by John Bowlby, attachment research has been among the most influential paradigms for understanding the social underpinnings of infant mental health and transgenerational mental health. However, an odd artefact of the way a major research instrument was constructed in the 1980s by Mary Main has meant that to date attachment research has largely treated loss, abuse, and trauma as essentially equivalent, despite their very different clinical implications. A multidisciplinary approach will be used to investigate these concepts and examine potential differences. Work Package 1 will comprise a critical re-examination of the concepts of loss, a...
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