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(p. 100) Transmission of Parenting Models at the Level of Representation: Implications for Mother–Child Dyads Affected by Maternal Substance Abuse 

(p. 100) Transmission of Parenting Models at the Level of Representation: Implications for Mother–Child Dyads Affected by Maternal Substance Abuse
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(p. 100) Transmission of Parenting Models at the Level of Representation: Implications for Mother–Child Dyads Affected by Maternal Substance Abuse
Author(s):

Hannah M. Lyden

and Nancy E. Suchman

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199743100.003.0006
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date: 19 August 2018

This chapter examines the vulnerability to substance abuse disorders conferred by mental processes at the representational level, with particular emphasis on early mother-infant interactional processes and the subsequent development of representations that may increase vulnerability to substance abuse. It first considers normative early mother-infant interaction processes and the concomitant formation of attachment representations and reflective functioning. It then explores how substance use by mothers contribute to the development of maladaptive attachment relationships and mental representations, along with the potential role of subjective experience in attachment classifications. It also discusses theories of intergenerational transmission of working models and parenting; four developmental functions of parental affect mirroring; effects of dysfunctional interactional processes on affect representations; the link between mentalization and reflective functioning; and developmental vulnerabilities to adult substance abuse based on early representation development. Finally, the chapter reviews the potential implications of mental representations for addiction treatment and research within a developmental framework.

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