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Physiological and behavioral consequences of traumatic attachment

Research suggests that the experience of caregiving as hostile and nonnurturing
directly impacts on development within the brain (see Schore, 2003;
Cairns, 2002). The experience of highly insensitive, traumatic attachments in
the early years results in structural limitations to the right brain. This in turn
leads to an inability to regulate emotional state under stress (Schore, 2003).
Neurodevelopment becomes organised around hyperarousal and/or
dissociation. The hyperaroused child is in a perpetual state of distress, whilst
the dissociated child although experiencing high arousal shows few behavioural
signs of this distress (Cairns, 2002). Rage and impulse regulation difficulties
follow. The child lacks the capacity to assess risk, or to stop and think, and is
often angry and destructive. Additionally if the child is not helped to regulate
shame s/he will experience disintegrative shame, overwhelming the sense
of self.
Poor caregiving also impacts on cognitive development. For example, whilst
children may develop the ability to complete quite complex cognitive tasks they
continue to fail with simple cause and effect learning around their behaviour
(Cairns & Stanway, 2004).



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