Childhood sexual abuse and attachment: An intergenerational perspective

Laura E. Kwako, Jennie G. Noll, Frank W. Putnam, Penelope K. Trickett

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Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a recognized risk factor for various negative outcomes in adult survivors and their offspring. We used the Dynamic-Maturational Model of attachment theory as a framework for exploring the impact of maternal CSA on childrens attachment relationships in the context of a longitudinal sample of adult survivors of CSA and non-abused comparison mothers and their children. Results indicated that children of CSA survivors were more likely to have extreme strategies of attachment than the children of non-abused mothers. However, because both groups were at socioeconomic risk, both were typified by anxious attachment. Explanations for findings and implications for childrens development are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-422
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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