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November, 2016

Freud’s unresolved issues of his seduction theory

Freud’s unresolved issues of his seduction theoryFreud’s renunciation of his seduction theory was forwarded by Westerlund (1986). After analyzing Freud’s letters and other historical writings, she suggested that Freud, after recognizing the existence of certain hysterical features in his brother and several sisters, was on the verge of discovering that his father might have sexually […]

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Rejection of the Theory of Seduction

Rejection of the Theory of Seduction Freud’s colleagues, including Charcot, who “found it preposterous that parents would molest their own children” (Joyce, 1995, p. 200), frankly rejected his theory, a rejection that continued as long as Freud embraced his seduction theory (Masson, 1984). As Masson states, “In accepting the reality of seduction, in believing his […]

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Freud’s theory of seduction

THE EARLY PERIOD: FREUD’S THEORY OF SEDUCTION It was into this sociocultural environment that Freud moved. In 1885, while finishing his medical studies, he made a several-month study trip to Paris where he worked under Charcot (Masson, 1984), whom he admired. Masson, an expert on Freud, shows that during Freud’s stay in Paris, he was […]

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The period prior to Freud

THE PERIOD PRIOR TO FREUD During the last 100 years, Freud has probably had a greater impact than any other person upon the professional knowledge base of child sexual abuse. While his influence fundamentally framed the profession’s conceptualization of child sexual abuse prior to the 1960s, it continues to be felt even today. For this […]

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Issues for infants and children in foster-care

Issues for infants and children in foster-care There are many issues for babies and toddlers who enter the care of the welfare system, which are often unrecognised by the system, the carers or the community at large. They often experience three to four placements in their experience of care, which is the antithesis of what […]

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Alternative care is foster care or adoption

Alternative care is foster care or adoption In the current social context children are not removed from parents lightly. The removal of a child into care is a difficult decision that requires thoughtful consideration of the effect of separation on the infant vis-a-vis careful assessment of the damaging physical, psychological and developmental impacts on the […]

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Therapeutic interventions for high-risk families

Therapeutic interventions for high-risk families Relationship-based therapeutic work with high-risk families can take a number of forms and may be longer term. It takes time to establish a relationship, in particular when, as mentioned previously, these families have suffered disappointment, at least, from various agencies and systems. For the infant mental health worker, the infant–parent […]

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Interventions for high–risk infants and parents

Interventions for high–risk infants and parents Once a family has been identified as having high risks, very often there are many services asked to be involved, including mental health consultants. Lieberman (1998) suggests there are three goals for the infant mental health consultant: • to identify the developmental, psychological and relationship-based factors affecting the child […]

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Effect of high-risk environments on infant mental health

Effect of high-risk environments on infant mental health Babies and infants in high-risk environments are at risk of forming disturbed attachments with their primary caregivers because of the unavailability of a consistently nurturing parent. Infants with insecure and disorganised attachments struggle to develop emotional self-regulation, as it is within a secure attachment that the neural […]

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What makes an environment high risk for an infant?

What makes an environment high risk for an infant? High-risk environments for infants are usually multifaceted, with, for example, psychological risks compounding or contributing to social risk or disadvantage. Extreme risk in one area is possible. Such environments include interacting risks in the biological, psychological and social domains, for example, an absence of parental empathy […]

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