Abuse and Attachment

in Erotic Attunement

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780226811383
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226811376 | DOI:
Abuse and Attachment

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This chapter investigates the dominant theory of incest's harm to children, which concentrates on the ways in which abuse damages development and attachment. Moral theologian André Guindon's developmental theory of moral growth and Linda Holler's forays into ethics and touch enriched the understanding of the contrast between healthy and damaged childhood by exactly exploring what important processes physical abuse disrupts. Then, it briefly indicates the significance of studying against the backdrop of oppressive social power. Attachment behavior and abuse impacted how sorting occurs and how the infant will respond to the world. Guindon's vision of moral development showed what must go well in young children's early relationships. Holler's reflections brought up the common assumption that intensely comforting touch must be sexual.

Keywords: abuse; attachment; incest; André Guindon; moral development; Linda Holler; ethics; touch; social power

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Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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