Trauma, helpfulness and selfishness. The effect of abuse and neglect on altruistic, moral and pro-social capacities

Music, Graham (2011) Trauma, helpfulness and selfishness. The effect of abuse and neglect on altruistic, moral and pro-social capacities. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 37 (2). pp. 113-128. ISSN 1469-9370 (electronic) 0075-417X (paper)

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In this paper, I suggest that one major effect of abuse and neglect is that children become less interested in other people, less able to care for others, and are thus less altruistic. I argue that the capacity to care for others ordinarily co-emerges with a swathe of other capacities such as the ability to understand other minds, to empathise, to play, to defer gratification and to manage peer relationships. However, in extreme situations such as child abuse and neglect, which might be seen as not 'evolutionarily expectable', such capacities do not necessarily come online. These ideas are illustrated using developmental and neuroscience research, and clinical examples.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trauma, Abuse, Neglect, Altruism, Morality, Theory Of Mind, Empathy, Care
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Abuse & Neglect - Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 15:38
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 10:28
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/534

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