Beatrice Beebe Streaming Live - Urgent Engagement in 9/11 Pregnant Widows and Their Infants: Transmission of Trauma
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Beatrice Beebe Ph.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry), College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University; Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute. She directs a basic research lab on mother-infant communication. She is faculty at several psychoanalytic institutes, and she has a private practice for adults and mother-infant pairs. 

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Children are highly vulnerable to parental trauma but are often forgotten in a disaster. These mothers were pregnant and widowed on September 11, 2001; their infants were in utero. Face-to-face interactions of these 9/11 infants at 4 months and their mothers were compared to a community sample matched on infant gender, mother SES, age and ethnicity. Findings of heightened engagement in 9/11 dyads, across mother and infant gaze and affect, maternal touch and spatial orientation, documented a mutual vigilance picture described as urgent engagement. Remarkably, infants and mothers showed similar patterns. In the wake of traumatic loss, these widows and their infants made intense efforts to visually respond and visually re-engage, to maintain positive affect and touch, and to immediately repair any negative moments.


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