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Katja Ermann: Dissertation Defense and Public Lecture

December 4, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm PST

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Come join us for this public lecture and oral defense of doctoral dissertation by PsyD candidate Katja Ermann!

Title: Mothering the Aggressive Child

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: Antioch University Seattle, Room 221B

Abstract: This qualitative study explores the experience of mothers parenting significantly aggressive children, ages five to 10. Little has been known previously about how women experience this aggression or the social and psychological impacts it has on them. This dissertation highlights the women’s understandings to provide a solid basis for theoretical explication using a Constructivist Ground Theory approach. Significant findings include the invisibility and stigma the women feel and the ways in which the experience is similar and dissimilar to other forms of family violence, particularly adolescent-on-parent violence. Differences were found in social stigma between women whose child has a neurodevelopmental disorder and those parenting a child with trauma. Women were found to endorse a narrative that “good mothers” sacrifice even their own safety for their children and use their strong empathy for their children as a source of empowerment. Finally,  the relationship of these findings to the literature as well as discussion of their clinical implications of the study results are presented

Dissertation Committee Members

Dr. Jude Bergkamp, PsyD – Committee Chair

Elin Bjorling, PhD

Rochelle Coffey, PsyD


December 4, 2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm PST


Antioch University Seattle, Room 221B
2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98121 United States
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