The author leads a group therapy for patients between thirteen and eighteen years old hospitalized for severe mental anorexia. The group provides an exceptional vantage point for observing this radical form of adolescent disorder and the traumatic effects of puberty’s eruption in subjects whose narcissistic foundations are shaky. It shows the this type of patient can benefit therapeutically from a group speaking space inspired by psychoanalysis and framed and supported by therapists.
Adolescence, 2020, 38, 2, 493-506.
The onset of a handicap in adolescence upsets the relationship between self and other. Using clinical material from groups of hospitalized adolescents, this article discusses a theorization of the handicapped adolescent’s psychical transformations and reorganizations, based on concepts of the Oedipus complex and the Brother complex. The authors develop the hypothesis of a Sister complex whose specific characteristic is confrontation with passivation.
Adolescence, 2016, 34, 3, 607-620.
Aesthetic emotion arises in an individual at the particular moment when he or she is captivated by the unique beauty of a work of art, by a shape or a word that reveals a deeply intimate yet universal truth. Such rare and precious moments open up a space for playing and creativity in the monotony of existence or in pathological repetition. We will attempt to study the context of two moments of aesthetic emotion we observed in an art therapy workshop for adolescents hospitalized full-time.
Adolescence, 2016, 34, 1, 139-149.