DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY

The Vital Need To Address Childhood Trauma In Prisoner Rehabilitation

A study conducted by Stensrud et al., 2018 involving 328 male and female prisoners found that the majority reported having experienced far more ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACEs) than the average citizen from the general population and that this was especially the case amongst those who had experienced childhood sexual abuse. A survey of prisoners in …

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An Educational Vision For Disadvantaged, At-Risk Young People

“We have to build places of hope rather than places of despair. The public school system here is built to contain kids, not educate them. If you build prisons, you create prisoners.” – Bill Strickland.   “The sand in the hourglass flows only one way. Don’t waste precious time chasing someone else’s definition of success. …

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Childhood Neglect, Dark Triad Personality And Malevolent Creativity

Jia, Wang, and Lin (2020) carried out a study suggesting that children who have suffered neglect are significantly more likely to become malevolently creative in adulthood and that this is partly due to the fact that they are at increased risk of developing what has been termed a dark triad personality Childhood Neglect Childhood neglect …

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Which Are The Best Types Of CBT For Complex PTSD?

Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is strongly recommended by the American Psychological Association and it includes CBT, cognitive processing therapy, cognitive therapy and prolonged exposure therapy – all of these are therapies that fall under the umbrella of cognitive-behavioral therapies that are used to address PTSD/complex PTSD. But which of the CBT family of treatments works …

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Childhood Trauma Survivors Less Satisfied With Marriage. What Can Spouses Do? A Study.

We have seen that prolonged and repetitive childhood trauma can change a person’s core beliefs about other people, themselves, and how the world works in profound ways. Those who perceived themselves to be rejected and/or betrayed by their parents in childhood may, as adults, struggle with abandonment issues and feelings of worthlessness. They may, too, …

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7 Important Ways To Help In The Healing From Childhood Trauma

Find out about ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACES): Taking the ACE test can help us to understand which of our childhood experiences may have caused us the most psychological damage. This is important as gaining insight into the possible causes of our emotional difficulties is a vital first step in our healing journey. Learn about THE …

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Infantile Amnesia And How It’s Affected By Childhood Trauma

Infantile amnesia, sometimes referred to as childhood amnesia, refers to the inability of adults to consciously remember personal experiences that contain information about what happened, when they happened, and where they happened (referred to as EPISODIC MEMORY). This forgetting/amnesia/impairment of episodic memory is thought to be due to a lack of development in the infantile …

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Factors That Protect The Child From Adverse Effects Of Traumatic Stress

A study (Werner Ph.D.) was carried out to investigate factors that protect children from the effects of traumatic stressors. The study comprised 700 children who were split up into two groups: GROUP 1: Children identified as being at low risk of significant psychological problems in later life as a result of traumatic childhood stressors. This …

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Parental Transmission Of Fear And Anxiety Onto Their Children

Frightening And Frightened Parents Most people are aware that if children grow up in an environment in which they are constantly made to feel fearful (for example, due to parental abuse or the frequent witnessing of domestic violence) their emotional development is put at risk. However, many people are less aware that it is not …

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What Does Evolutionary Theory Predict About Step-Parents?

Evolutionary theory predicts that, on average, the more closely someone is genetically related to us, the better we will treat them (i.e. we will be more inclined to divert resources, energy, etc. to them for their benefit and at a cost to ourselves). For example, the theory predicts an individual will act more selflessly towards …

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Emotional Neglect In Childhood Linked To Ecstasy (MDMA) Use

According to research carried out by Ramo et al., (2013), individuals who have experienced childhood emotional neglect, as well as physical neglect and abuse are significantly more likely to become users of ecstasy (MDMA) than those fortunate enough to have experienced relatively stable and loving childhoods. Many users report using ecstasy (MDMA) to reduce feelings …

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8 Dysfunctional Roles Within The Dysfunctional Family

Within dysfunctional families, according to various psychologists (e.g. Wegscheider-Cruse and Kellogg), each family member develops a dysfunctional role. The number of roles, and how they are defined, varies somewhat but eight roles, representative of those so far proposed, are as follows: THE ENABLER THE DO-ER THE HERO THE MASCOT THE LOST CHILD / LONER THE …

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Factors That Put The Child’s Mental Health At Risk

  The Risk And Resilience Model : According to the Risk And Resilience Model (Pearce, 1993) there exist three categories of factors that put the child’s mental health at risk. These are as follows : Factors relating to the child’s / young person’s environment Factors relating to the child’s / young person’s family Factors relating …

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Mothers More Likely To Be Abusive Than Fathers, Study Suggests

  Abusive Parents We have already seen, from numerous other articles that I have published on this site, when a parent is abusive towards their child, the adverse psychological effects upon that child can be most profound, not least because such a child is being harmed by the very person who is supposed to care …

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Did Your Dysfunctional Family Make You The ‘Identified Patient’?

‘ The person [in the family] who gets diagnosed is part of a wider network of extremely disturbed and disturbing patterns of communication’ R.D. Laing DID YOUR DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY MAKE YOU THE ‘IDENTIFIED PATIENT’?   BATESON PROJECT : It has been theorized (originally in the 1950s as part of the Bateson Project, led by Gregory …

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The Dysfunctional Family’s Scapegoat And Disenfranchised Grief

  I went to live with my father and obsessively religious step-mother when I was thirteen, having been thrown out of the house by my disturbed and highly unstable mother. She and my father already had her own biological son living with them. She treated her own son, essentially, as a demi-god, whist viewing me as …

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