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Jean-Pierre Durif-Varembont, Patricia Mercader, Christiane Durif-Varembont : Violence in Schools and the Trivialization of Language : The Opening of Speech Mediations

The psychic suffering of adolescent girls at school often takes the form of verbal aggression, for the most part trivialized by young people while decried by professionals. Using a study carried out with school principals, this paper explores the defensive function of this trivialization as a way of putting the force of drives at a distance, of expressing narcissistic preoccupations, and of dealing psychically with the intrusion of puberty and the question of identity. Mediation workshops are presented as an opportunity to treat these issues in a different way, a way that is more open to oneself and to others.

Adolescence, T. 31 n°1, pp. 95-106.