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ERIC Number: EJ939146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0075-417X
Parent-Infant Psychotherapy, the Transition to Parenthood and Parental Narcissism: Implications for Treatment
Espasa, Francisco Palacio
Journal of Child Psychotherapy, v30 n2 p155-171 2004
In this article the author discusses some of the indications for short- or long-term parent-infant psychotherapeutic interventions in terms of what he defines as "problems of parenthood" and "problems of parental narcissism". Brief parent-infant psychotherapeutic interventions are most frequently indicated in the case of the former: more neurotic problems of parenthood where the parents present a manic or counter-depressive type of narcissism. Masochistic problems of parenthood are also susceptible to treatment through brief parent-infant interventions, although in such cases treatment may have to be continued in another modality of long-term psychotherapy. More dissociated problems of parental narcissism constitute a contraindication for brief psychotherapeutic parent-infant interventions. The persecutory narcissism of these parents contributes to a "negative pre-transference" which creates a major resistance to the therapeutic process. [This article was translated by David Alcorn.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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