Unhealthy Bonds

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To build upon the experiment conducted by Bourassa (2007), a study conducted by Termini et al (2009) asserted that in order for a child to develop into a successful adult, they require the positive influence of a parental figure. The interactions and learning experiences, which are imprinted upon children, will assist in shaping their future. However, when unhealthy bonds are formed and children are maltreated, they are more likely to demonstrate anti-social behaviors. Unhealthy bonds between a parent and a child can be identified as early as during infancy. Results indicated that children who are anxious-avoidant did not respond to their mothers after a long period of separation. Furthermore, children who demonstrated a disorganized …show more content…
In order to obtain this data, experimenters conducted research at a domestic violence shelter and focused on the relationship between the mother and her children. Results of the study indicate that children who attempted to intervene during violent situations had a higher rate of post-traumatic disorder symptoms than those who fled or attempted to hide during encounters. An additional result of the study was that mothers who were unable to cope with the abuse they endured had a significant impact on the relationship with their children. This often manifested in behavioral issues unrelated to their PTSD symptomology. One of the potential limitations for this study is that it fails to focus on children who are abused by their parents. The primary focus of this study is on the protective behavior of the …show more content…
Results of this study indicated that adults who were abused as children typically avoid attachment to other individuals. Their reactions are socially aloof or overly aggressive in nature. This is in part due to children who are victims of abuse typically respond to adversity in two methods, either through aggression or compliance. Meaning that they become violent themselves or they avoid confrontation all together. As an adult this manifests as a holistic view that other people are untrustworthy. Furthermore, results of the study indicated that even in adulthood, victims of abuse held negative views about the

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