Disorganized attachment processes have been theorized to contribute to a range of trauma-related psychopathologies in adulthood. Dr. Lyons-Ruth will focus on the current state of knowledge regarding parent-child interaction patterns associated with trajectories toward dissociation, borderline psychopathology, and suicidality, and present new interactional and neurobiological findings from recent longitudinal work. She will discuss recent findings regarding controlling, role-confused, and disoriented forms of parent-child communication and how these varied facets of disorganized relationships may contribute differentially to different forms of trauma-related psychopathology. She will also focus on findings distinguishing the effects of trauma and attachment in these trajectories, and advance a model of how traumatic events and attachment processes may interrelate in development.
Describe the features of parent-child interaction most predictive of dissociation, borderline features, and suicidality in young adulthood
Discuss differences in limbic development associated with early attachment disturbance rather than later childhood maltreatment
Explain how early attachment experiences and later maltreatment may contribute in distinct ways to trauma-related psychopathology and neurobiological development