Mothering Babies In Domestic Violence: Beyond Attachment Theory

Author(s) : Fiona Buchanan

Mothering Babies In Domestic Violence: Beyond Attachment Theory

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Category 2 :
    Attachment Theory
  • Catalogue No : 40597
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138187672
  • ISBN 10 : 1138187674
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Drawing on in-depth interviews and group discussions, this timely book sheds new light on the impact of domestic violence on the formation of mother/infant relationships by placing women's experiences of that violence at its heart. It also challenges the dominant attachment theory paradigm, offering an alternative understanding of how primary relationships between women and infants are formed in these situations. Instead, it analyzes real-life experiences to inform new multi-disciplinary approaches to helping women, children, and anyone raised in a setting of domestic violence. It reflects current policy and practice focus on early intervention and prevention, but also provides a unique perspective via its emphasis on first-hand accounts.

Mothers and Children in Domestic Violence delineates an innovative approach to inform policy and practice across health and welfare disciplines. It encourages policy makers and practitioners to understand the issues from women's perspectives and to work with women and children from a strengths perspective to maximise potential for healthy relationships. This approach is based on understanding the context of sustained hostility, appreciating women's perceptions of protectiveness and encouraging the creation of space where women and their infants can relate.

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