Institutional Abuse (IA) and Implicit Motives of Power, Affiliation, and Achievement - an Alternative Perspective on Trauma-Related Psychological Responses

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IA (childhood abuse in foster care settings) and its effect on implicit motives are hardly investigated. In the presented study the operant motive test (OMT, Kuhl & Scheffer, 1999), a projective test consisting of 15 pictures (showing persons in different situations) with four questions to each picture, was applied in a sample of adult survivors of IA (N = 40, age range: 43 -75). The responses are coded according to three motives (affiliation, power, and achievement) and five levels of affective valence. First analysis reveals a higher implicit power motive in the levels affiliated to negative affect (inhibited power & powerlessness). Participants show increased levels of the implicit achievement motive “fear of failure”, while the positive affiliated level is reduced. These first results seem to depict the survivors’ perception of trauma-related aftermaths besides the well-known trauma-related symptoms. Namely, a constant feeling of helplessness/powerlessness in various different fields of life (social relations, work, problems with authorities, etc.). This approach helps to gain a better comprehension of the survivors’ needs concerning social relations, the world of employment and therapeutic assistance. Differences due to gender, age at institutionalization, trauma-related disorders, as well as correlates of explicit motivational motives will be considered.
EreignistitelISTSS International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 32nd Annual Meeting: Trauma and Public Health: Innovative Technology and Knowledge Dissemination
OrtDallas, Texas, USA / Vereinigte StaatenAuf Karte anzeigen