Abused Women Avoid Emotional Connection With Their Children

Filed under: Emotional Development - 15 May 2013  | Spread the word !

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A new study has recently revealed that women who underwent traumatic experiences in their early lives are less likely to emotionally connect with their children. This means that moms who have been abused in their childhoods don’t talk with their kids about their own emotions. The study was performed by researchers from the University of Notre Dame.


So, the new study shows that moms who had been traumatized have a hard time talking to their children about emotional issues. According to specialists this means that they are suffering from traumatic avoidance symptoms, which makes them reluctant when it comes to talking about emotions. The avoidance to speak on such a subject comes from the fact that women will tend to link those emotions with the traumatic event they suffered. Abuse in childhood leads to problems dealing with emotions throughout the entire life.

“Traumatic avoidance symptoms have been shown to have a negative impact on the cognitive and emotional development of children,” one of the researchers claimed according to Nature World News. So, being abused has lifelong consequences on all women. In the most severe cases it can actually lead to the development of serious conditions such as cancers, heart disease, as well as diabetes. Stress plays a key role in this development.


However, this new study does not only show that there can be established a link between abuse in childhood and the incapacity to emotionally connect as an adult with your own children. The research has also shown that parents can be taught how to bond with their children.

“This research is important because it identifies a mechanism through which we can understand how maternal trauma history relates to her ability to effectively interact with her child. This finding also has implications for intervention work, since avoidance that is used as a coping mechanism is likely to further impair psychological functioning,” the same researcher explained.

This new study was presented at the Society for Research in Child Development 2013 Biennial Meeting in Seattle.

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