Jonathan J. Hunter

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Childhood adversity alters the relational world of the child and inhibits the development of secure attachment bonds. The purpose of this article is to survey recent evidence that attachment insecurity has the potential to impair physical health throughout the lifespan. It is proposed that attachment insecurity contributes to disease risk through a range of(More)
OBJECTIVE Patterns of adult attachment affect physical health and yet are unfamiliar to many clinicians. The purpose of this review was to derive descriptions of prototypic patterns of adult attachment that are relevant to health care. METHODS Observations from attachment research using diverse methods to measure adult attachment were reviewed. A(More)
OBJECTIVE Adult attachment insecurity is associated with many health outcomes and may be associated with sleep disturbance. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that sleep disturbance mediates the relationship between attachment insecurity and three measures of health (perceived general health, physical symptoms and sick days) in a group(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to test predicted relationships between adult attachment and stress using subjective and physiological measures. METHODS Sixty-seven healthy adults completed measures of adult attachment and perceived chronic stress. Subjective stress and the high-frequency (HF) and low-frequency (LF) spectral bandwidths of heart(More)
BACKGROUND The alpha-EEG anomaly during sleep, originally associated with chronic pain, is noted in several psychiatric and medical conditions and is also present in some normal subjects. The exact significance of the alpha-EEG anomaly is uncertain, but it has been suggested to be a nonspecific response to a variety of noxious stimuli. We propose that(More)
OBJECTIVES A survey was conducted to measure psychological stress in hospital workers and measure factors that may have mediated acute traumatic responses. METHODS A self-report survey was completed by 1557 healthcare workers at three Toronto hospitals in May and June 2003. Psychological stress was measured with the Impact of Event Scale. Scales(More)
Healthcare workers (HCWs) found the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to be stressful, but the long-term impact is not known. From 13 to 26 months after the SARS outbreak, 769 HCWs at 9 Toronto hospitals that treated SARS patients and 4 Hamilton hospitals that did not treat SARS patients completed a survey of several adverse(More)
Models of adult attachment have proven to be useful for understanding illness behavior, stress responses, susceptibility to disease processes, and psychotherapeutic approaches to difficult patients. Two methods of assessing patterns of attachment, using self-report instruments and using techniques such as the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), are only(More)
OBJECTIVE Little has been written about teaching consultation-liaison inpatient psychotherapy to residents or other trainees. METHOD Resident interviews at completion of consultation-liaison training identified learning needs. In response, the authors created a seminar series and modified it reiteratively eight times. RESULTS In this approach, the(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop and assess the validity of measures of patients' attachment-related perceptions of experiences with healthcare providers (HCPs). SETTING Online survey. PARTICIPANTS 181 people provided consent and 119 completed the survey (66%). Most participants were women (80%). PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOME MEASURES Questions were developed to(More)