Childhood interpersonal trauma healing: Mindfulness, relationships and sexuality in adult survivors.

February 16, 2023

Adult survivors of childhood interpersonal trauma (e.g., physical and psychological maltreatment, sexual abuse) typically experience deleterious consequences in their intimate relationships and sexualities, such as insecure attachment, difficulties in engaging and maintaining healthy relationships, higher rates of conflicts, and sexual difficulties. However, a growing body of literature has shown that some survivors experience posttraumatic growth and healing following their traumatic childhoods. Important components of PTG and interpersonal trauma healing are mindfulness and the ability to experience healthy relationships. In this webinar, I will present my mixed methods doctoral work on mindfulness, sexuality, and relationality in adult survivors of childhood interpersonal traumas.

Éliane Dussault (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in Sexology at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research interests focus on mindfulness and trauma healing in adult survivors of childhood interpersonal trauma, particularly in their sexual and relational lives. Her work is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec-Société et culture. She is also a lecturer at the Sexology department, UQAM, and is passionate about science popularization and knowledge transfer.

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