A clinical investigation of impairment in the development of healthy aggression with reference to the work of Henri Parens

Lewis, Catherine (2012) A clinical investigation of impairment in the development of healthy aggression with reference to the work of Henri Parens. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust/University of East London. Full text available

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This thesis investigates how impailments and arrests in the development of ordinary healthy aggression interfere with development in general. I review the literature on aggression, particularly in relation to Henri Parens' concept of a spectrum of aggression. I describe two cases seen in a general CAMH service. The clinical material from the first year of therapy for each case is subjected to Grounded Theory coding to ensure that aggression has not been prejudiced over other significant factors. I describe the two cases using Anna Freud's Diagnostic Profile and Developmental Lines to trace the development of aggression within the broader context of more general development. I compare their respective progress with reference to Parens' work, using his spectrum to hypothesise that in some children there is a confusion of ordinary healthy aggresssion(or developmental assertiveness) with destructiveness. I suggest that this confusion inhibits development across several areas. Finally I discuss some possible implications for clinical practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of East London for the degree of Professional Doctorate in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy March 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, M80, Grounded Theory
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2012 15:43
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2017 15:39
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/673

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