Starting with a clinical observation, this work shows the place that can be taken by a family approach to modes of borderline functioning in adolescence. This place can be conceived of only after a necessary clarification of context when a many professionals are engaged in the situation. The model of attachment, the taking into account of relational reality and the active engagement of the therapist are decisive factors.
The authors study a case of male mental anorexia through psychosomatic clarification and the specificity of mentalization. They discuss the importance of modulating treatment approaches according to the attention given to psychical movements that can restart mental activity instead of and in place of self-destructive behaviors.
Revue semestrielle de psychanalyse, psychopathologie et sciences humaines, indexée AERES au listing PsycINFO publiée avec le concours du Centre National du Livre et de l’Université de Paris Diderot Paris 7