Mothering without a Home: Attachment Representations and Behaviors of Homeless Mothers and Children

Mothering without a Home: Attachment Representations and Behaviors of Homeless Mothers and Children

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Overview

Mothering without a Home: Attachment Representations and Behaviors of Homeless Mothers and Children by Ann G. Smolen

Homeless women and their children who reside in a transitional housing facility or shelter have experienced multiple traumas and disruptions in their earliest attachments. These multiple, chronic traumas often result in disorganized attachment disorders, which, in turn, affect all future development. Although there are a dearth of programs and interventions that work with disorganized attachment disorder within the homeless population, there are few studies that explore the difficulties that homeless mothers experience in forming positive attachments with their children.

Mothering without a Home: Attachment Representations and Behaviors of Homeless Mothers and Children explores the attachment style of homeless mothers and its effect on the resulting attachment style of their children. Ann Smolen utilizes psychoanalytically informed interventions with the goal of aiding these women in developing a deeper capacity to understand and be attuned to their children’s emotional needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442250840
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Series: Vulnerable Child: Studies in Social Issues and Child Psychoanalysis Series
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ann G. Smolen, PhD, is a supervising and training analyst in child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. She is in private practice in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Alexandra M. Harrison, MD, is a training and supervising analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mary Davis
Introduction
Chapter One: Sara
Chapter Two: Three Cases
Chapter Three: Cathy: Giving the Child Back To Her Mother
Chapter Four: Mothering Without A Home
Chapter Five: Literature Review
Chapter Six: Project Findings
Chapter Seven: Understanding the Findings
Chapter Eight: Where Do We Go From Here?
Chapter Nine: Comments on Mothering Without A Home by Alexandra Harrison
Epilogue
Appendix A: The Strange Situation
Appendix B: Adult Attachment Interview
Appendix C: Participant Survey
Appendix D: AAI Classification System
Appendix E: Strange Situation Coding
Appendix F: AAI Data
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
About the Authors

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