Exploring disorganized attachment style among Malay mothers in Malaysia: a study using the Attachment Style Interview

Abdul Kadir, Nor Ba’yah and Bifulco, Antonia (2017) Exploring disorganized attachment style among Malay mothers in Malaysia: a study using the Attachment Style Interview. Social Work in Mental Health, 15 (4). pp. 397-418. ISSN 1533-2985

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Abstract

This article explores emerging themes involving disorganized attachment style among Malay Muslim mothers using the Attachment Style Interview (ASI). Analysis of the 18 mothers with disorganized attachment style (those with combined anxious and avoidant styles) utilized themes deemed important from the attachment research literature and selected based on a careful reading of the narrative cases. These include more extreme negative interpersonal experiences than found in other insecure attachment style descriptors, and included partner violence and related isolation/social exclusion. It also indicated more complex cognitive-affective disturbance including mixed or contradictory dependency patterns and both angry and fearful attitudes to others. We discuss the concept of disorganized attachment style in relation to abuse, social exclusion, and its implication for psychopathology, intervention, and treatment.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
Item ID: 22120
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Work in Mental Health on 23/08/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15332985.2016.1224796
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Depositing User: Natasa Blagojevic-Stokic
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 16:06
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2018 16:55
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22120

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