Shaping children's internal working models through mother-child dialogues: The importance of resolving past maternal trauma

Nina Koren-Karie, David Oppenheim, Rachel Getzler-Yosef

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Abstract

The study examined how mothers who were sexually abused as children guide conversations about emotional events with their children. We hypothesized that compared to mothers who were less resolved regarding their traumatic past, those who were more resolved would better guide such conversations. The dialogues of 33 mothers and their children were assessed using the Autobiographical Emotional Events Dialogue procedure (AEED; Koren-Karie, Oppenheim, Haimovich, & Etzion-Carasso, 2000) which yields three composite scores: Mothers' Sensitive Guidance, Child Cooperation and Exploration, and Coherent Narrative. Level of resolution of the trauma was assessed using the BLAAQ-U (Main, van IJzendoorn, & Hesse, 1993). Other measures pertaining to the abuse and to maternal psychopathology were also obtained. As hypothesized, mothers who were more resolved showed more sensitive guidance, their children were more cooperative, and their narratives were more coherent. Measures of the abuse and of maternal psychopathology were not associated with mother-child conversations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-483
Number of pages19
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Internal working models
  • Mother-child dialogues
  • Resolution of trauma
  • Secure base
  • Sexual abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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