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作者 Muldowney, Anne Marie
書名 Manifestation of the failure to thrive syndrome through the unconscious communication of unresolved loss in the mother/child dyad
說明 222 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 57-02, Section: B, page: 1505
Chair: Robert Mendelsohn
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Adelphi University, The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, 1995
This single case study closely and systematically studied the mother/child dyad for three years in a therapeutic nursery setting in order to better understand the nature of the child's feeding disturbance and failure to thrive. It was hypothesized that unresolved loss in the mother's past was unconsciously communicated to the child and was being expressed through the daughter's symptoms of failure to thrive. Careful analysis of process notes, test data, drawings, and supervisory notes was undertaken. A number of psychological tests were administered to the child. The Rorschach was administered to the child and her mother. The findings are as follows: (1) Conditions in the mother's past associated with the trauma of witnessing her mother's miscarriage were uncovered. As a result, the unresolved nature of this loss traumatized two generations, and threatened the feminine position in this family. Gender identity confusion was evident in the child's behavior as a result of what appeared to be the mother's counterphobic attempt at mastery in the dynamics of the interactions with her in order to protect her from what she witnessed as a young girl. (2) The impact of the child's insecure attachment on the oral aggressive drive was manifest in the feeding disturbance and failure to thrive syndrome. (3) Rorschach data revealed the child to have a distorted sense of self with acute concerns with body intactness which appear to be psychogenic in nature. The similarities between mother and child in their intense anatomical anxiety and difficulties in modulating affect was striking. The therapeutic rationale for better understanding the nature of unresolved loss, particularly perinatal loss, was discussed
School code: 0830
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 57-02B
主題 Psychology, Social
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Health Sciences, Human Development
Alt Author Adelphi University, The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
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