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

Anne P. Murphy, Howard Steele, Jordan Bate, Adella Nikitiades, Brooke Allman, Karen A. Bonuck, Paul Meissner, Miriam Steele

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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).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-279
Number of pages12
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015



  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Body mass index
  • Group attachment-based intervention (GABI)
  • Traumainformed treatment

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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