School for Social Work
Mothers-Psychology, Pregnancy-Psychological aspects, Adult child abuse victims-Mental health, Substance abuse-Patients-Counseling of, Theoretical, Pregnancy, Trauma, Attachment, Corrective relational experience, Substance use, Empowerment, Risk
This theoretical thesis examined how the capacity of a healthy pregnancy and birth and positive attachment could be a corrective experience for mothers with histories of trauma and subsequent substance use. Socratic questioning was used to help trauma and attachment-informed clinicians approach mothers in this population as an asset to their infants rather than viewing them as a risk, hopefully challenging the socially prevalent belief that these mothers should be treated punitively rather than receive treatment. The phenomenon also focused on this population of mothers rather than their infants as primary victim, examining individual and systemic factors that contribute to substance use in pregnant mothers as a means by which they cope with their own history of trauma. In addition, the author conducted assessments of programs that currently exist for these mother and what are the barriers and successes to providing trauma and attachment informed care for these women.
Kamara, Judith W., "Pregnancy, an opportunity for empowerment : a trauma and attachment informed approach to creating a corrective relationship for mothers with trauma histories and subsequent substance abuse" (2015). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.