ERIC Number: ED080194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Preventive Therapy with Siblings of a Dying Child.
A case study of psychiatric intervention for two sisters whose brother is dying of leukemia is presented. The therapeutic technique attempted to deal with the threatened loss by a forthright approach to the reality situation, encouraging "immunizing" discussions, allowance for catharsis without severe regression, emphasis on reality orientation, and direct initiation and enhancement of mourning through the use of transference materials. A theoretical discussion of the capacity of children to mourn is included. Am empirical assessment of the therapy suggests that immediate ventilative help at a time of great stress was provided, but that there was little effect on the children's capacity to sustain prolonged mourning processes. (DP)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Anxiety, Case Studies, Catharsis, Death, Grief, Hostility, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Siblings, Young Children
Center for Preventive Psychiatry, 340 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10605 ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Preventive Psychiatry, White Plains, NY.