The suicide attempt of a seven year old boy: An exploration of precipitating and protective factors

Thomas, Louis (2016) The suicide attempt of a seven year old boy: An exploration of precipitating and protective factors. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of East London. Full text available

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This research is a retrospective single-case-study analysis of an intensive child psychotherapy treatment begun with a seven year old boy called ‘C’, referred to specialist CAMHS for severe depression following a suicide attempt. The research question concerns itself with the identification of precipitating and protective factors surrounding this event and the design of a method by which to do so. The method designed for this purpose is: the ‘4 Column Method’: influenced by ‘grounded theory’, ‘complexity theory’ and ‘psychoanalytic observation’, suitable for identifying naturalistic patterns and themes hidden within spontaneously occurring psychoanalytic data sets and allowing transference affects to be systematically tracked. The research has resulted in the identification of six Core Variables whose developments impact upon one another. Notable is that of an inverse co-relation between an increase in the core variable ‘Developmental Thinking’ paralleling a decrease in the expression of non-developmental Core Variables: ‘Uncontained Aggression’, ‘Primitive Anxiety’ and a powerful sense of relational ambivalence: ‘Equivocal Object’. Identifying the role of frequency in the therapist’s response during a process of transforming non-developmental Core Variables into those that support Developmental Thinking has also been important, as too: the making of tentative links between C’s expressed internal experience with his experience of his external world which helped guide him through an ‘encaptive conflict’ (Gardner 2001:12), and assisted in the corrective re-organisation of C’s experience of a fractured reality (Anderson et al 2012). Another key finding to be identified within this research is the connection between experiences of early trauma, domestic violence and the expression of suicidal concerns.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University of East London in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for the Professional Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents and their Families
Uncontrolled Keywords: M18
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Suicide
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Research
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 13:26
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 13:05
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1520

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