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Relational Trauma in Infancy / Edition 1

Relational Trauma in Infancy / Edition 1

by Tessa Baradon
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This book presents an interdisciplinary discussion between researchers and clinicians about trauma in the relationship between infants and their parents. It makes an innovative contribution to the field of infant mental health in bringing together previously separated paradigms of relational trauma from psychoanalysis, attachment and the neurosciences.

With contributions from a range of experts, areas of discussion include:

intergenerational transmission of relational trauma and earliest intervention

the nature of the traumatising encounter between parent and infant

the therapeutic possibilities of parent-infant psychotherapy in changing the trajectory of transmitted trauma

Training and supporting professionals working with traumatised parents and infants.

Relational Trauma in Infancy will be of particular interest to trainee and qualified child and adult psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, child and adult psychiatrists, health care professionals and social workers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415473750
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tessa Baradon developed and manages the Parent-Infant Project at The Anna Freud Centre. She is a practising child psychotherapist and supervisor and writes and lectures on applied psychoanalysis and parent-infant psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

List of contributors ix

Preface Tessa Baradon xiii

Acknowledgements xix

Introduction Linda C. Mayes 1

1 Genetic and environmental contributors to the intergenerational transmission of trauma and disorganised attachment relationships Inge-Martine Pretorius 6

2 Relational trauma and the developing right brain: The neurobiology of broken attachment bonds Allan N. Schore 19

3 Trauma in the crucible of the parent-infant relationship: The baby's experience Judith Woodhead 48

4 Infantile psychosomatic integrity and maternal trauma Angela Joyce 62

5 The traumatic sequelae of pathological defensive processes in parent-infant relationships Amanda Jones 75

6 Infants, relational trauma and homelessness: Therapeutic possibilities through a hostel baby clinic group and research evaluation Jessica James Julia Newbury 88

7 Babies behind bars: Working with relational trauma with mothers and babies in prison Ju Tomas-Merrills Anita Chakraborty 103

8 Containment of trauma: Working in the community Tessa Dalley 116

Discussion: And what about fathers? Tessa Baradon 130

9 Understanding disruptions in the parent-infant relationship: Do actions speak louder than words? Michelle Sleed Peter Fonagy 136

10 Contributions of, and divergences between, clinical work and research tools relating to trauma and disorganization Tessa Baradon Elisa Bronfman 163

11 The Adult Attachment Interview and relational trauma: Implications for parent-infant psychotherapy Miriam Steele Howard Steele Anne Murphy 180

12 Measuring trauma in the primary relationship: the parent-infant relational assessment tool (PIRAT) Carol Broughton 194

13 Epilogue: 'Ghosts and angels in the nursery' - Windows of opportunity and remaining vulnerability Tessa Baradon 209

Index 220

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