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Psychotherapeutic work with parents and infants -- psychoanalytic and attachment perspectives.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12065028     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Psychodynamic psychotherapy with parents and infants addresses the relationship between them where there has been a disruption or distortion in the process of bonding. Often this is characterized by a repudiation of the state of infancy by the parent, and a negation of infantile needs in the baby and in herself. The infant joins the mother in co-constructing defensive measures against their infantile attachment needs, thereby actualizing intergenerational repetitions. The therapist is a clinical observer of the relationship between parent and infant and an emotional participant in it. From the behavioural and affective interactions, she deduces their emerging mental models and procedures of being with each other. Her role is to represent symbolically, for both parent and infant, their experience of being with the other. Through this the affective dialogue is elaborated, to include feeling and thought constellations that were previously enacted procedurally. The paper illustrates these ideas about the therapeutic process through transcripts of case material.
Tessa Baradon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Attachment & human development     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1461-6734     ISO Abbreviation:  Attach Hum Dev     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-14     Completed Date:  2002-08-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100901315     Medline TA:  Attach Hum Dev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-38     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Anna Freud Centre, 12 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SH, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Defense Mechanisms
Infant Behavior / psychology*
Object Attachment*
Parent-Child Relations*
Parents / psychology*
Professional Role / psychology
Professional-Family Relations
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*

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