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Attachment patterns and post traumatic stress: A review and A study of attachment patterns and acute stress following childbirth

Boyd, Robynne (2011) Attachment patterns and post traumatic stress: A review and A study of attachment patterns and acute stress following childbirth. DClinPsy thesis, University of Sheffield.

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This thesis includes a literature review and a research project. The literature review describes and appraises twenty four studies investigating the relationship between adult attachment and post traumatic stress symptoms experienced after traumatic events in adulthood. Thirteen studies focused on combat related trauma samples, four on interpersonal violence related trauma, and seven on specific critical events such as violence at work. Clinical implications of the findings and recommendations for future research are addressed. The research report presents a study investigating whether antenatal adult attachment patterns are related to women’s experiences of birth and the development of acute stress symptoms in women following childbirth. The sample comprised of 58 women recruited between 28 and 36 weeks gestation in the Harrogate area who completed self report questionnaires at two time points. The first questionnaires were completed antenatally to collect demographic information and assess attachment patterns. The second questionnaires were sent within 14 days of giving birth and gathered information about women’s experiences of birth. Attachment anxiety was associated with increased acute stress symptoms. Attachment avoidance predicted lower levels of perceived staff support which was in turn associated with higher levels of acute avoidance symptoms and total acute stress symptoms. These findings are discussed in relation to previous research findings, directions for future research and clinical implications.

Item Type: Thesis (DClinPsy)
Keywords: post traumatic stress childbirth attachment
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Ms Robynne Boyd
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 14:14
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:47
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1704

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