Adolescent Breakdown and Beyond by Moses Laufer

By Moses Laufer

This is often the second one monograph released through Karnac Books on behalf of the Brent Adolescent Centre/Centre for study into Adolescent Breakdown. Drawing at the Centre's particular pool of workmanship within the box, it comprises papers giving updated psychodynamic views on adolescent breakdown through best scientific specialists. those hide various issues, corresponding to the differing advancements in female and male kids, and the actual difficulties of psychotherapeutic intervention with them. it is usually the court cases of a convention at the topic held in October 1995. the following the problems of adolescent breakdown are mentioned within the wider context which staff within the being concerned professions needs to think about. total, the ebook offers a concise, modern assessment of a subject matter whose significance is more and more being famous either in and out the psychotherapeutic community.

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Anthony Bateman, Debbie Bandler Bellman, Gabrielle Crockatt, Maxim de Sauma, Domenico di Ceglie, Sara Flanders, Maurice H. Friedman, Christopher Gibson, Kevin Healy, M. Egle Laufer, Kamil Mehra, Joan Schachter, Nicholas Temple, Peter Wilson

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But we know that psychological ill-health is not the result of any one cause; usually we find that a whole set of circumstances and experiences have added up to­ gether to create the inability to progress in development. In the case of Flo, a number of experiences during her adoles­ cence had added to the difficulties she had brought with her from childhood. She had begun to menstruate at an unusually early age. This had frightened her very much and made her feel that there must be something wrong with her body.

He may be concerned with some other anxieties of his own, and his behaviour may have very little to do with us at that moment—because, as mentioned earlier, there are other important areas of the adolescent's life that give rise to stress. For example, we were discussing with a group of teachers a boy who appeared to be doing all he could to disrupt the class and make it impossible for the teacher to teach anything, either to him or to the rest of the class. The teacher felt very upset about this, but also puzzled and hurt.

Such an attitude to her mother may enable a girl to get through adolescence and feel independent enough even to get married and have children, but the change this should also represent in her feelings about herself may be more apparent than real. Unconsciously, unless someone is there to support her and thus control her body, she may still not feel safe in situations where she thinks she must control it herself. For such women, it becomes impossible to leave their homes on their own because of the unconscious fear of what they feel they might do.

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