The Roles of Love, Attachment, and Altruism in the Adjustment to Military Trauma

Bita Ghafoori and Robert Hierholzer

in Altruism and Health

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780195182910
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199786794 | DOI:
 The Roles of Love, Attachment, and Altruism in the Adjustment to Military Trauma

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This chapter summarizes research on the associations among love in the form of a secure adult attachment, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and altruism. The chapter is organized into five sections. The first section briefly reviews PTSD and its symptom clusters. The second section provides an overview of attachment theory and explores evidence that early childhood attachment patterns endure as adult attachment styles. The third section efforts to link attachment theory to the concept of adult love. The fourth section explores the relationship between attachment styles and the development of PTSD in those exposed to trauma, suggesting that love and secure attachment may protect against PTSD or ameliorate its course. The final section introduces altruistic intent into the adult attachment equation and examines the relationships among altruism, loving attachments, and PTSD.

Keywords: posttraumatic stress disorder; psychological trauma; adult attachment; altruism; adult love

Chapter.  6832 words. 

Subjects: Psychology

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