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ERIC Number: EJ834444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0075-417X
The Psychotherapy of Parenthood: Towards a Formulation and Valuation of Concurrent Work with Parents
Sutton, Adrian; Hughes, Lynette
Journal of Child Psychotherapy, v31 n2 p169-188 Aug 2005
This paper explores the process and value of concurrent work with parents when their child is being treated in individual psychotherapy. The position taken is that psychoanalytic understanding generally and the specific formulations presented in this paper have a broader applicability in other aspects and approaches in child and adolescent mental health practice. The central issues are the interweaving of knowledge of family processes, child development and psychopathology, and the uses that can be made of an understanding of transference and countertransference. A particular formulation is presented in relation to aspects of the work that constitute "child guidance" and those that may be considered as "psychotherapeutic" in relation to parental psychopathology. We have coined the term "the psychotherapy of parenthood" to give this work the status it deserves and to define a boundary within which to explore the areas and levels of this complex work. Some practice and training implications are considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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