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Nontraditional family romance.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11491437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Family stories lie at the heart of psychoanalytic developmental theory and psychoanalytic clinical technique, but whose family? Increasingly, lesbian and gay families, multiparent families, and single-parent families are relying on modern reproductive technologies to form families. The contemplation of these nontraditional families and the vicissitudes of contemporary reproduction lead to an unknowing of what families are, including the ways in which psychoanalysts configure the family within developmental theory. This article focuses on the stories that families tell in order to account for their formation--stories that include narratives about parental union, parental sexuality, and conception. The author addresses three constructs that inform family stories and that require rethinking in light of the category crises posed by and for the nontraditional family: (1) normative logic, (2) family reverie and the construction of a family romance, and (3) the primal scene. These constructs are examined in tandem with detailed clinical material taken from the psychotherapy of a seven-year-old boy and his two mothers.
K Corbett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Psychoanalytic quarterly     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0033-2828     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychoanal Q     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-08     Completed Date:  2001-12-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226661     Medline TA:  Psychoanal Q     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  599-624     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child Psychology*
Family / psychology*
Homosexuality, Female
Parent-Child Relations*
Psychoanalytic Theory

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