THERAPY OF PSYCHIC TRAUMA RESULTING FROM ATTEMPTED FILICIDE

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Peter, a five-year-old “favorite child” survived an attack in which his mother slashed his throat with a razor. Peter's reactions to the trauma, his attempts at resolution of ambivalence towards mother, and finally the emergence of transference and castration anxiety are discussed. Peter's reactions and attempts at conflict resolution are illustrated by excerpts from therapy sessions and discussed from the perspective of normal child development.

Parental dynamics, court involvement, and the therapists countertransference are presented, with suggestions as to how similar cases can be managed to avoid premature termination.

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