Ruptured Attachment

The Historical Problem Within African American Intimate Relationships and Why It Affects Us Today

by Dr. Sametta Hill



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 27/02/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 92
ISBN : 9781546230229

About the Book

Most psychological research studies today account for the relational problems of African American heterosexual couples’ inability to stay together in terms of contemporary factors such as female-headed households, mass incarceration, racial achievement gap in academic performance, infidelity, etc. These factors are symptoms of a more foundational problem. The intergenerational traumatic impact of slavery and its aftermath (e.g., Jim Crow) is the source for these couples’ inability to stay together. This book will be restricted to historical traumas originating under slavery. The practices implemented during slavery disrupted bonding and secure attachment between adult heterosexual couples. A deeper psychohistorical understanding of this intergenerational disruption will help us understand current issues among African American men and women. The book will move beyond individual and couple dyad perspective and bring family system concepts to bear in understanding the transgenerational transmission of trauma and its contemporary manifestations in intimate relationships. The purpose is to answer this question: What are the psychohistorical effects of psychological slavery on attachment and trust in the intimate relationship among African American men and women? This book will utilize sociological and psychological theories drawn from functionalism, neofunctionalism, attachment theory, family systems, and other relevant literatures to develop a psychohistorical analysis of relational problems of heterosexual African American couples today having transgenerational roots in slavery. Attachment theory will be used to explain attachment and trust ruptures in contemporary intimate relationships and their psychohistorical roots. Emotionally focused therapy is the suggested treatment approach that may help the couple repair attachment ruptures.

About the Author

Sametta E. Hill lives in Minneapolis, MN with her family. She holds a doctoral degree from Argosy University in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked in the Department of Human Services for over 14 years, serving children, adolescents, adults and families in the areas of economic assistance, child protection and juvenile corrections. She has an article published in the Psychohistory News titled Psychic Slavery and Trust in African American Intimate Relationships. She is the author of Ruptured Attachment, The historical problem within African American intimate relationships and why it affects us today. Her passion is to bring awareness to the historical pain that African Americans continue to embody and to help African Americans heal from hurts experienced throughout history that continue to affect the family bond and structure.