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Somatization and Interpersonal Sensitivity Among Mothers of Children with Masturbatory Behavior: Childhood Trauma and Body Mentalization

Monday, March 26
11:10 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Logan

This study examines childhood trauma histories, psychiatric symptoms, and personality traits of mothers of children who engage in masturbatory behavior. Mothers of 33 children with masturbatory behavior (MoCM) admitted to a hospital (Van-City/Turkey) and mothers of 45 children with no psychiatric history were evaluated using Symptom-Checklist-90-R, Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ), and a sociodemographic history form. Mean age of MoCM was 33.23 (SD=5.34). Work status taken as covariate, all subscales of SCL-90 (except obsession and psychoticism), and all scores of EPQ (except extraversion) were significantly higher in MoCM compared to controls. Work status was a significant covariate (housewives higher) for all SCL-90 scores except for depression and paranoid ideation. Scores of emotional and sexual abuse, total trauma, and minimization (denial) of trauma were significantly higher in MoCM. Among MoCM, somatization was predicted by childhood physical neglect and interpersonal sensitivity was predicted by childhood sexual abuse. Additional items subscale of SCL-90 (physical complaints) was predicted by both sexual abuse and physical neglect. Diminished capacity of mirroring and of “body mentalization” among mothers of children with masturbatory behavior are proposed as possible agents of transmission of trauma between generations.

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Vedat Sar

Professor of Psychiatry
Koc University School of Medicine

Vedat Sar, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry in Koç University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey. His main research interests are in epidemiology, clinical exploration and psychotherapy of lifelong psychiatric consequences of childhood traumas, complex PTSD, and dissociative disorders. Due to his extensive studies on this area, Prof. Sar received David Caul Memorial, Morton Prince Scientific Achievement, Cornelia Wilbur, Pierre Janet Writing, and Lifetime Achievement Awards of ISSTD. He sits in the editorial boards of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology and the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. Vedat Sar is President to the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2013-2015) and former President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2008-2009).


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Tuba Mutluer

Child and adolescent psychiatrist
Koç University Hospital
Istanbul, Istanbul

33 years old, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Medical Doctor. Interests are: Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Childhood Trauma


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Isil Necef

Clinical Psychologist
Istanbul, Not Applicable

I earned my Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Fullerton in 2014. My Master’s thesis was on International students' homesickness and depression associations with mood regulation expectancies, acculturation and attachment. As part of my clinical psychology fieldwork requirement, I conducted individual, family and group psychotherapies with children and adolescents at Western Youth Services in Southern California. After earning my Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, I taught Elementary Statistics courses as a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton. In 2015, I worked with traumatized clients diagnosed with substance and alcohol dependence in both individual and group psychotherapy settings at Solid Landings Behavioral Health. In the meantime, I worked at Diamond Family Counseling, where I practiced Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with couples. My psychotherapy trainings include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing EMDR I – II (Gerald Puk, Ph.D.), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy PCIT (Carrie Axline-White, Ph.D.), Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, EFT Externship (Sue Johnson, Ph.D.), Compassion Focused Therapy (Paul Gilbert, Ph.D.), Erickson Hypnotherapy Masterclass & Intensives (Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D.).I have been working as a psychotherapist at Koç University Hospital in Turkey since 2016, where I had the chance to meet Professor Sar and I am willing to do research on the etiology of trauma and dissociation and also hopefully on psychotherapy outcomes.


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Anıl Şafak Kaçar

PhD Student
Koç University
Istanbul, Istanbul

I am graduated from Koç University School of Medicine in June, 2017. I am a PhD candidate now in Neuroscience PhD program of Graduate School of Health Sciences, Koç University.


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