Group attachment-based intervention: trauma-informed care for families with adverse childhood experiences

Fam Community Health. 2015 Jul-Sep;38(3):268-79. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000074.


This article outlines the main premises of an innovative trauma-informed intervention, group attachment-based intervention, specifically developed to target vulnerable families with infants and toddlers, living in one of the poorest urban counties in the nation. It also reports on the trauma-relevant characteristics of 60 families entering a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of Group Attachment-Based Intervention. Initial survey results revealed high levels of neglect, abuse, and household dysfunction in mothers' histories (77% reported ≥4 adverse childhood experiences, with more than 90% reporting 2 or more current toxic stressors, including poverty, obesity, domestic and community violence, and homelessness).

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Child, Preschool
  • Domestic Violence / statistics & numerical data
  • Home Care Services / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Object Attachment*
  • Parents / education*
  • Parents / psychology
  • Poverty Areas*
  • Psychotherapy, Group / organization & administration*
  • United States