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Title: Relational pathways to substance misuse and offending in women : the role of trauma, insecure attachment and shame
Author: Kreis, Mette Katrine Felbert
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2013
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Background: close interpersonal relationships are highlighted as an important dynamic risk factor for reoffending in women that may mediate the association between their substance misuse and offending. However, research in this area is scarce. Evidence for an association between close relationships and recidivism in women was systematically reviewed. Findings were inconsistent and inconclusive, but they suggested that relationship factors may be relevant to women's reoffending when interacting with other complex problems. Research is needed that explores these interaction effects and the underlying psychological processes involved. Aims: to explore experiences of close relationships and the underlying psychological processes impacting on women's substance misuse and offending, and explore adult attachment style in relation to emergent themes. Method: a qualitative study was conducted using a social constructivist version of grounded theory. Seven women ex- offenders from community drug treatment services were interviewed about their experiences of close relationships in relation to their substance misuse and offending. Adult attachment style was measured with the Relationship Styles Questionnaire. Results: a model was constructed of the complex interconnection between substance misuse, offending, family disconnection, dysfunctional intimate partner relationships, and loss of children, driven by unresolved trauma, insecure attachment and shame. Conclusion: formulations and interventions should consider the potential role of unresolved trauma, insecure attachment, and shame to substance misuse and offending in women to adequately address dynamic risk factors for recidivism.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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