Ambivalent Mothers And Child Maltreatment
With Daniela F. Sieff Phd
In this talk, I’ll draw on evolutionary research to challenge this widespread view of motherhood.My aim is to show that when maternal negativity is approached with compassionate curiosity, we can better help faltering mothers. In particular, I propose that that when we become aware of how our evolutionary heritage influences mothering, we develop a more nuanced and compassionate understanding of maternal negativity.
Such an understanding does not minimise the impact of maternal negativity on children, but it does have the potential to contribute to work with individual mothers, and also to programs focused on the preventing maternal maltreatment of children.