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Altruism and HealthPerspectives from Empirical Research$
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Stephen G. Post

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.001.0001

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

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

(p.230) 12. The Roles of Love, Attachment, and Altruism in the Adjustment to Military Trauma
Altruism and Health

Bita Ghafoori

Robert Hierholzer

Oxford University Press

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

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