An object relations approach to therapeutic work with children in clinical settings

dc.contributor.advisorMackintosh, Ianen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorWirz, Beaen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-28T06:01:29Z
dc.date.available2015-12-28T06:01:29Z
dc.date.issued1991en_ZA
dc.descriptionBibliography: pages 106-121.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this paper is to elucidate an object relations approach to therapeutic work with children. The study is conducted by means of a critical theoretical evaluation of psychoanalytic and object relations conceptualisations of the nature of the primary biological mother-child relationship; an in depth theoretical exploration of the mother's involvement in and contribution to both optimal and pathological development in the child, and of her role in the child's treatment. The theoretical exposition is supplemented by the presentation and examination of clinical material derived from a child treatment case in clinical practice. Child treatment is located within an historical context; the role of parents in child treatment is addressed and divergencies in technical approaches to their inclusion in child treatment are reviewed. The nature of the primary biological mother-child relationship - its evolution, unconscious interrelational processes, optimal and pathological vicissitudes and its implications for child treatment - is explored. Simultaneous treatment of mother and child is offered for consideration, as an object relations approach which addresses the operation of both conscious and unconscious processes within the mother-child relationship, the vicissitudes of developmental disturbances and how these manifest in the therapeutic situation. The conclusion drawn is that an in-depth understanding of the primary relationship and its unconscious processes is of crucial importance in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and that in many instances the mother needs to be directly involved in the treatment endeavour. It is further concluded that simultaneous treatment of mother and child is valuable in highlighting points of interaction between the disturbances of mother and child, and facilitates an understanding of the unconscious meanings and associations held by the mother in connection with her child, as well as the ways in which her unconscious expectations are fulfilled by the symptomatic child.en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationWirz, B. (1991). <i>An object relations approach to therapeutic work with children in clinical settings</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15955en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationWirz, Bea. <i>"An object relations approach to therapeutic work with children in clinical settings."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 1991. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15955en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationWirz, B. 1991. An object relations approach to therapeutic work with children in clinical settings. University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Wirz, Bea AB - The aim of this paper is to elucidate an object relations approach to therapeutic work with children. The study is conducted by means of a critical theoretical evaluation of psychoanalytic and object relations conceptualisations of the nature of the primary biological mother-child relationship; an in depth theoretical exploration of the mother's involvement in and contribution to both optimal and pathological development in the child, and of her role in the child's treatment. The theoretical exposition is supplemented by the presentation and examination of clinical material derived from a child treatment case in clinical practice. Child treatment is located within an historical context; the role of parents in child treatment is addressed and divergencies in technical approaches to their inclusion in child treatment are reviewed. The nature of the primary biological mother-child relationship - its evolution, unconscious interrelational processes, optimal and pathological vicissitudes and its implications for child treatment - is explored. Simultaneous treatment of mother and child is offered for consideration, as an object relations approach which addresses the operation of both conscious and unconscious processes within the mother-child relationship, the vicissitudes of developmental disturbances and how these manifest in the therapeutic situation. The conclusion drawn is that an in-depth understanding of the primary relationship and its unconscious processes is of crucial importance in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and that in many instances the mother needs to be directly involved in the treatment endeavour. It is further concluded that simultaneous treatment of mother and child is valuable in highlighting points of interaction between the disturbances of mother and child, and facilitates an understanding of the unconscious meanings and associations held by the mother in connection with her child, as well as the ways in which her unconscious expectations are fulfilled by the symptomatic child. DA - 1991 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1991 T1 - An object relations approach to therapeutic work with children in clinical settings TI - An object relations approach to therapeutic work with children in clinical settings UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15955 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/15955
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationWirz B. An object relations approach to therapeutic work with children in clinical settings. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 1991 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15955en_ZA
dc.language.isoengen_ZA
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Social Developmenten_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanitiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subject.otherClinical Social Worken_ZA
dc.titleAn object relations approach to therapeutic work with children in clinical settingsen_ZA
dc.typeMaster Thesis
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dc.type.qualificationnameMSocScen_ZA
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