Separation difficulties or transition? The value of observation in work with very young children and their parents

Youell, Biddy (2014) Separation difficulties or transition? The value of observation in work with very young children and their parents. Infant Observation: The International Journal of Infant Observation and Its Applications, 17 (2). pp. 115-125. ISSN 1369-8036

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This paper explores the links between psychoanalytic observation and brief clinical interventions with families with very young children. Examples are given of families referred because of ‘separation difficulties’ and a distinction drawn between primitive separation anxiety and ordinary, heightened anxiety at times of change and transition. The clinical examples show the way in which observation and subsequent discussion amongst colleagues can facilitate assessment as to whether or not the brief intervention will be sufficient to help families move on with the task of separation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 11 Sep 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Observation, Primitive Separation Anxiety, Transition, Separation, Developmental Tasks, Young Children
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Development
Emotions, Affective Psychology > Attachment/Affectional Bonds
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2014 09:18
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 10:28
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/901

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