Thinking the unthinkable: Facing maternal abuse.

Motz, Anna (2009) Thinking the unthinkable: Facing maternal abuse. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 25 (2). pp. 203-213. ISSN Print ISSN: 0265-9883 Online ISSN: 1752-0118

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This paper describes how the radical concept of maternal perversion first presented by Estela Welldon (1988) informs the psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment of female inpatients within forensic services and of women in the community who commit acts of violence. It presents a model of the psychology of female violence that the author describes as 'crimes against the body'. The paper offers clinical evidence for Welldon's model of female perversion in forensic settings and provides an extended clinical illustration of psychotherapeutic work, when the therapist was pregnant, with a woman who killed her child.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Estela Welldon, Bodies, Female Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Motherhood, Narcissism, Perversion, Perverse Motherhood, Violence
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Personality Disorders (e.g. narcissism)
Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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