Interventions to Enhance Mother-Infant Attachment in the Context of Trauma, Depression, and Substance Abuse




Megan M. Julian and Maria Muzik

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Book Chapter


  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC)


In the first months and years of life, a young child’s relationship with his mother and other caregivers is critical, and serves as the foundation for the rest of the development. The postpartum period is a time of increased vulnerability to psychopathology for mothers, especially in the context of prior trauma. Trauma exposure, depression, and substance abuse can impede a mother’s ability to provide a kind of sensitive, responsive, attuned care that is necessary for their child’s optimal development. In this chapter, we discuss parenting processes among mothers with trauma exposure, depression, and substance abuse, along with mother-infant therapeutic interventions that aim to improve mother-infant relationships in these at-risk populations to mitigate the intergenerational transmission of risk. (author abstract)

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Julian, M. M., & Muzik, M. (2020). Interventions to enhance mother-infant attachment in the context of trauma, depression, and substance abuse. In Chandra P., Herrman H., Fisher J., & Riecher-Rössler A. (Eds.), Mental Health and Illness of Women (pp. 403-421).  Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0371-4_29-1
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Megan M. Julian


  • Participant Characteristics
  • Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes