The Snapchat application is a tool that can help us understand the link between adolescence and social networks. Social networks impose on adolescents’ development as much as they support adolescents in the process of separation, in their perception of themselves, and in their control of their own changing – and even upsetting – body. It is essential that we understand the effects of these media in order to support adolescents in these processes.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 431-443.
The situation of an adolescent at the margins of the social bond will enable an exploration of the way that digital networks and geek culture can serve as supports to the therapeutic relation. An exploration of the enigmatic encounter with the other and the sexual will be articulated with the potential for a new formulation made possible via re-creative spaces. Reception via cultural objects and availability through listening will accompany the appropriation of limits in this unique moment.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 417-729.
Theories of influence have been developed in the psychosocial field for many years, but little research has approached this notion from the angle of digital social networks. And yet, adolescents speak of “influencers”, those personalities on social media who push an idea and a way of being, but also the influence of the virtual community. This article offers a reflection on influence issues within social media for adolescents.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 403-416.
Video games are recognized by many clinicians as useful tools for therapeutic mediation. The article aims to add to this work, by trying to focus on the value of the digital avatar as a support for verbalization, by presenting two young adolescents in a Day Hospital for children and adolescents who both participate in a group workshop using digital mediation.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 387-401.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown of the spring 2020 led psychotherapists and psychoanalysts working with children and adolescents to experiment, whether they liked it or not, with new ways of meeting, by telephone or video-conferencing, and new practices were generated. In this context, new questions about the treatment format lead to a discussion of the precise place and function of telephone sessions with the adolescent as compared to the child.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 375-386.
This article reflects on teleconsultation in the treatment of a young female patient who is expatriated. Referring to contemporary studies on teleconsultation, the author hypothesizes that this treatment format is part of an extension of psychoanalysis. This analysis will show the relevance, but also the limitations of its use.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 363-373.
An analysis of remote therapy sessions with a pre-adolescent girl shows the unique forms transference takes in this specific treatment format. By making the sensorial aspect of the transference–counter-transference dynamic converge with the line of specularity and speech, the change to video-sessions alters the impact of the semiotic register in favor of signification. This type of setting treats drive excitation in a different way, with the risk of fostering a form of hystericization and excitability.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 349-361.
The authors study the extent to which violence can be facilitated by social media that promote an ideal community where the members are linked by a bond of love, and differences and aggression are actively denied. Social networks in themselves are not considered as a source of psychic conflicts; rather, the authors study the regression effect that they can induce in adolescents.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 337-347.
On the basis of long-term observations, this article will analyze the practices of secondary school teachers who use a social network with their students. The presentation of the results will enable us to add some nuance to the oft-heard claim that adolescents are increasingly on social media. On the contrary, these tools can encourage the fantasy that teachers are omnipotent and omnipresent. In some, they can also contribute to a confusion between private space and the professional sphere.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 321-335.
Through the exploration of a clinical case, this article will discuss what is at stake in the process of subjectivation in the adolescent, and also the obstacles that stand in the way of the process. The adolescent, confronted with internal and external otherness, tries to ensure the continuity of his identity even as he is undergoing transformation. We will show how the therapeutic encounter, as a transitional space, can foster the play of identifications and the gradual uniting of the of the split-off parts of the personality that is undergoing subjectivation.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 309-320.