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Agenda for Theoretical Development

Agenda for Theoretical Development While the theoretical knowledge base of child sexual abuse has advanced considerably in the last 100 years, important problems remain, one of which is that the theoretical literature base relates primarily to incest. Seduction by the daughter, collusion by the mother, the influence of the dysfunctional family—all suggest a primary orientation […]

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The Effect of Freud’s Renunciation

The Effect of Freud’s Renunciation The renunciation of Freud’s seduction theory and later, the forwarding of the Oedipus complex, profoundly affected the mental health profession. Psychoanalytic theory became the foundation for psychiatry for many years to come, with the Oedipus complex being the core of that theory. To use psychoanalytic theory, however, Freud’s original theory […]

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Theory of Periodicity

Theory of Periodicity One of the more entertaining, although probably no less factual, rationales for Freud’s renunciation pertains to a series of events involving Freud, one of his good friends, and one of his patients. While the following is not so much a rationale for rejecting his theory of seduction, it does give an interesting […]

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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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The quality of adolescent parenting

The quality of adolescent parenting Studies suggest that adolescent parents tend to: • initiate less verbal interaction with their children, and as a consequence their children are at risk of delayed language and cognitive development • have less knowledge than older parents about normal development and have unrealistic behavioural expectations of their children • perceive […]

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CONCEPTS OF SEX AND GENDER

CONCEPTS OF SEX AND GENDER Infant mental health has had surprisingly little to say about gender. While infant researchers may observe and comment on ‘sex differences’ there has been little analysis of this, and even less analysis of underlying assumptions of models of gender development. The retrospective psychoanalytic accounts by Freud, while they may be […]

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Interpersonal changes in child development

Just as each expectant parent experiences psychological and emotional changes and challenges during pregnancy, so intimate relationships also undergo a transition in preparation for the baby’s arrival. The ability of a couple, their extended family and social network to adjust affects the amount of support the new parent receives. Lack of support from a partner […]

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