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Pregnant journeys in group analytic psychotherapy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20590433     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper explores the dynamic complexities that are triggered when a group member becomes pregnant. Through clinical illustrations taken from a weekly analytical group, the developmental processes and resonances found in such groups are discussed, alongside the technical challenges they pose on the leader. The scant literature on this topic and how it impacts on the therapeutic space is reviewed from individual and group analytic literature. This paper then extends the figuration of groups as types of metaphorical maternal container (Foulkes, 1964). In particular, this view is developed using the concept of primary maternal preoccupation (Winnicott, 1956) and simultaneously challenged with that of enclaves (O'Shaughnessy, 1992).
Elizabeth A Reilly
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of group psychotherapy     Volume:  60     ISSN:  1943-2836     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Group Psychother     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-01     Completed Date:  2010-11-02     Revised Date:  2010-12-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374720     Medline TA:  Int J Group Psychother     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  347-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Psychotherapy Department, National Health Service in the United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Acting Out
Borderline Personality Disorder / psychology,  therapy
Conflict (Psychology)
Defense Mechanisms
Gender Identity
Group Processes
Maternal Behavior / psychology
Object Attachment
Pregnancy / psychology*
Professional-Patient Relations
Psychoanalytic Theory
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
Transference (Psychology)

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