Trace student members will be presenting at an international conference

Four students from UQAM and members of the Trauma and Couple research and intervention unit (TRACE) will make presentations at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire next July 10, 11 and 12.

Roxanne Bolduc, MA candidate in sexology, will make a presentation intitled The Moderating Role of Mindfulness and Gender in the Relationship between Child Maltreatment and Affectional Expression. With childhood victims of trauma, demonstrations of affection and sexuality are often more difficult. However, at least for women, it seems that mindfulness can play a protective role in this relationship. On July 11 at 4 pm.

Gaëlle Cyr, PhD candidate in psychology, will present two communications. The first one, Childhood cumulative trauma and psychological health: the role of altered self-capacities, will be on July 11 at 2:30 pm. When a child experiences traumatic events, the development of is identity, social skills and emotions regulatory capacities is compromised. This may explain why the psychological distress of childhood trauma survivors continues into adulthood.

Her second presentatioon, July 12 at 2:30 pm, is titled Attachment insecurity and impulsivity as predictors of sexual coercion: an integrative model. Why is it that some men use coercion to obtain non-consensual sexual contacts? It seems that men who are anxious about abandonment are more likely to act impulsively in response to negative emotions, which may explain their use of sexual coercion in rejection situations.

Anne-Julie Lafrenaye-Dugas, PhD candidate in Sexology, will present a poster communication: Childhood sexual abuse severity and its effects on the sexual function of men and women consulting in sex therapy. Sexual assault in childhood can have serious consequences on sexual functioning in adulthood. However, it appears that the severity of the sexual abuse experienced in childhood affects sexual functioning of men and women differently. July 10 at 4:30 pm.

Finallly, Caroline Dugal, PhD candidate in psychology, will present on July 11 at 1 pm Demystifying Intimate Partner Violence: An Examination of Forms of Violence, Prevalence, Motivations and Gender. What are the reasons behind the perpetration of domestic violence? In Quebec, it seems that the expression of negative emotions, self-defense, revenge, stress, and the desire to distance oneself from his partner come at the top of the list.