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MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17244571     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Infants suffer to a considerable degree from disturbances in nursing, sleep, mood, and attachment. Psychotherapeutic methods are increasingly used to help them. According to case reports, psychoanalytic work with infants and mothers has shown deep-reaching and often surprisingly rapid results, both in symptom reduction and in improved relations between mother and child. The clinical urgency of the method makes it important to study its results and theoretical underpinnings. Among the theoretical issues often raised in discussions on this modified form of psychoanalysis, those addressing the nature of communication between analyst, baby, and the mother are the most frequent. For example, how and what does an infant understand when the analyst interprets to her? What does the analyst understand of the infant's communication? These issues are addressed by investigating the infant's tools for understanding linguistic and emotional communication, and by providing a semiotic framework for describing the communication between the three participants in the analytic setting. The paper also investigates problems with the traditional ways of using the concept of symbolization within psychoanalytic theory. The theoretical investigation is illustrated by two brief vignettes from psychoanalytic work with an 8 month-old girl and her mother.
Björn Salomonsson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of psycho-analysis     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0020-7578     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Psychoanal     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-24     Completed Date:  2007-04-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985179R     Medline TA:  Int J Psychoanal     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  127-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Karolinska Institutet, Department of Woman and Child Health, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, SE-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Child Development*
Child Language
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / psychology
Professional-Patient Relations*
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*

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