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Attachment-Based Intervention Strategies in Family Therapy with Survivors of Intra-Familial Trauma: A Case Study

NCJ Number
247962
Journal
Journal of Family Violence Volume: 29 Issue: 5 Dated: July 2014 Pages: 539-548
Author(s)
Mirisse F. Foroughe; Robert T. Muller
Date Published
July 2014
Length
10 pages
Annotation
There is little research to date on the role of sibling relationships in mitigating attachment-related trauma.
Abstract
There is little research to date on the role of sibling relationships in mitigating attachment-related trauma. This paper is a clinical case study that illustrates the therapeutic process involved in working with siblings as well as the parent-child dyad, following a history of intra-familial trauma. We present an attachment-based treatment approach that recognizes and makes clinical use of a secure sibling attachment system. The process of facilitating therapeutic change in children with an insecure attachment style in relation to their parents, contrasted with a relatively secure sibling attachment system, is discussed. The implications of improved parent-child relationships on family outcomes, as well as on sibling relationships, are also explored. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.