TAIT Article Essay

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Inducing traumatic attachment in adults with a history of child abuse: forensic applications
Felicity de Zulueta



Childhood trauma is very likely to produce ill-health and psychiatric disorder in adulthood. The paper discusses attachment theory and various forms of insecure attachment to the parent/caregiver, particularly disorganised attachment behaviour and the traumatic attachment response. Eliciting the (usually hidden) traumatic attachment in adults can give access to the patient’s representational models of their parents, allowing a basis for treatment of disorders. The paper describes and illustrates the use of the TAIT technique for eliciting such models.

KEYWORDS childhood trauma; attachment
Traumatic Attachment
Induction Test; forensic

The importance of childhood trauma in the genesis of violence and adult ill-health in general can no longer be ignored. The Adverse
Childhood Experience (ACE) study carried out in the USA showed that adverse childhood experiences (such as emotional abuse, neglect and family dysfunction) were much more common than previously acknowledged, and that they have a powerful relationship with illhealth 50 years later (Felitti et al, 1998).
Of 17,337 adults responding to a questionnaire, 11% reported being emotionally abused as a child, 30.1% reported physical abuse and 19.9% sexual abuse. In