Adults who have suffered childhood losses or traumas which continue to affect them in the present are said to be in an unresolved state of mind with respect to those losses or traumas. This means that any current stress, for example, in the context of a close relationship, can cause the old, distressing memories associated with the original loss or trauma to erupt into, and disturb present consciousness and behaviour. A high degree of continuity seems to characterize this group, certainly when compared with the avoidant and preoccupied groups. This seems to suggest that early loss, abuse, neglect and trauma, if unresolved, retain the power seriously to disturb thought and feeling across the lifecourse. For example, Main et al. (2005; also see Weinfield et al. 2004) found that the majority of children classified as disorganized as infants, and disorganized controlling aged 6, were coded as ‘unresolved’ when they reached the age of 19.
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