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ERIC Number: EJ829302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0075-417X
"Battling with the Unlaid Ghost": Psychotherapy with a Child Traumatised in Infancy
Marsoni, Alessandra
Journal of Child Psychotherapy, v32 n3 p312-328 Dec 2006
This paper attempts to explore the nature and consequences of early trauma on the mental development of a 9-year-old boy I have called Luke. The traumatic event occurred within the context of a more chronic and ongoing trauma, which was due to the lack of receptive and containing parental figures. The combination of these two kinds of traumatic experiences had a destructive impact on the making of Luke's internal world and greatly disrupted the development of his capacity for thought. I will specifically refer to the theory of trauma and to Bion's theory of thinking in order to illustrate the crucial link between trauma and mental work and the complex challenge it brings. I will describe how, during the course of 2 years of intensive treatment, Luke gradually became able to restore his capacity for mental functioning, which made it possible for him to begin to think about and make sense of his extreme emotional experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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