The relationship between attachment styles and vicarious traumatization in female trauma therapists

Elizabeth Marmaras, Sandra S. Lee, Harold Siegel, Warren Reich

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Abstract

This study explores the role of attachment styles in vicarious traumatization in a national sample of 375 female therapists who measures of attachment styles and vicarious traumatization. Multiple regression analyses revealed a significant positive relationship between attachment styles and disrupted cognitive schemas as well as a significant positive relationship between attachment styles and symptoms of intrusion, hyperarousal and avoidance in female trauma therapists. The fearful- avoidant attachment style was the best predictor of both the cognitive disruptions and symptoms of distress in female trauma therapists. The empirical findings of this study offer important applied clinical implications for female therapists who work with adult trauma survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTraumatic Stress and its Aftermath
Subtitle of host publicationCultural, Community, and Professional Contexts
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages81-92
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781315044040
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Professions(all)

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Vicarious traumatization

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