Self-harm and the harm of others in adolescents

Baker, Tim (2021) Self-harm and the harm of others in adolescents. In: From Trauma to Harming Others: Therapeutic Work with Delinquent, Violent and Sexually Harmful Children and Young People. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 108-122.

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Maintaining a simultaneous sense of oneself as a victim and perpetrator is not a straightforward task for the patient or for the professionals working with them. In this chapter, the author compares his work with an adolescent boy who repeatedly raped his sister and an adolescent girl who made a serious suicide attempt and who was seen as a vulnerable victim. In psychoanalytic terms, the word ‘perversion’ is used descriptively to refer to erotic activity that does not have as its aim genital sexuality. The author uses two clinical examples, Pietr and Zoe, as illustrations. Pietr’s psychotherapy was, in its early stages, characterized by material in which he was a victim of a situation in which he felt he had been misunderstood and unappreciated. Zoe’s suicide attempt, a major drug overdose, took place at the seaside town where her family owned a holiday home.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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