Jardin et al. – “Secure Attachment Moderates the Relation of Sexual Trauma With Trauma Symptoms Among Adolescents From an Inpatient Psychiatric Facility”

Jardin, Charles, et al.  “Secure Attachment Moderates the Relation of Sexual Trauma With Trauma Symptoms Among Adolescents From an Inpatient Psychiatric Facility.”  Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2015): 1-21.  Sage.  Web.  21 July 2015.

This study indicates to me that the degree of attachment is a major psychological factor for children – thus, to deprive a child of attachment (or to threaten such deprivation) could perhaps inflict a degree of trauma.  (But are there studies that measure this assertion directly?  See also Harry F. Harlow’s chimpanzee studies of maternal deprivation.)

From the Abstract:

The present study sought to examine attachment security as a potential moderator of the relation between having a history of sexual trauma (HST) and trauma symptoms among adolescents at an inpatient psychiatric facility….Specifically, insecurely attached adolescents with a HST exhibited trauma symptoms at levels significantly greater than securely attached adolescents with a HST and adolescents with no HST. Results are consistent with previous research that suggests secure attachment may protect against the development of trauma symptoms among those who have experienced a sexual trauma. (1)

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