Completed in 2009

Project Director: Pamela Alexander, Ph.D.

Results of a survey and preliminary pilot data conducted in collaboration with the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy and with several GED programs across the state suggest that an intervention based on exploring intergenerational attachment patterns and learning to use mindfulness exercises can be useful in helping pregnant and parenting teens modulate their reactions to stress. Similarly, a more recent collaboration (2009) with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to explore the use of this type of intervention for addressing mental health and physical health outcomes among women who have experienced both childhood trauma and current partner abuse.