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ERIC Number: EJ862076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0075-417X
Growth in Emotional Intelligence. Psychotherapy with a Learning Disabled Girl
Chantrell, Sue
Journal of Child Psychotherapy, v35 n2 p157-174 Aug 2009
This paper describes the once-weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy of a girl, called Ellie, aged eight at the start of her treatment. Ellie had a learning disability and displayed difficult behaviour at school and at home. In her therapy, Ellie grew in emotional intelligence, more in touch with and able to express her feelings. Her behaviour improved and so did her capacity to learn. In the therapy there were certain limitations to progress and this is discussed in terms of how Ellie's disability affected the basic achievements of emotional development, including a mind with a solid "reality ego", able to contain anxiety, and able to maintain depressive functioning. The importance of parallel parent work, to share observations and understanding of the child's functioning is discussed. Difficulties for both child and parents in dealing with the pain of difference and how this limits emotional intelligence are discussed. The author hopes that this paper will encourage the offering of psychoanalytic psychotherapy to children and young people with learning disabilities, who are significantly more likely to suffer from mental health problems than their peers. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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