Lifetime trauma, adversity and emotional disorder in older age women

Author/s Antonia Bifulco, Catherine Jacobs, Andrea Oskis, Francesca Cavana , Ruth Spence
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/2
Language English Pages 15 P. 29-43 File size 213 KB
DOI 10.3280/MAL2019-002003
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Childhood matreatment and adult trauma were studied in relation to emotional disorder in older women, with insecure attachment style as a trauma impact. Eighty mothers aged 50-85 (average 64.5) were selected from a GP-screened community-based sample. A lifespan interview included the Childhood Experience of Care and Abuse, the Adult Life Phase Interview and the Attachment Style Interview with SCID-DSM-IV for lifetime depression and anxiety. Logistic regression showed that childhood and adult trauma, but not attachment style, provided the best model for recurrent emotional disorder. Lifetime trauma thus has a major and cumulative impact on disorder in later life. This allows for a better understanding of the psychological burden in older age, with implications for possible psychological treatments.

Keywords: Older age; child trauma; adult adversity; partner violence; emotional disorder.

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Antonia Bifulco, Catherine Jacobs, Andrea Oskis, Francesca Cavana , Ruth Spence, Lifetime trauma, adversity and emotional disorder in older age women in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 2/2019, pp 29-43, DOI: 10.3280/MAL2019-002003