What importance should be given to external reality in our treatments of adolescent victims of sexual aggression? How can we dispense with it in our psychoanalytically-oriented treatments? Using a group treatment and an individual therapy, the author will show how adolescent victims of sexual violence can get beyond victim status rather than staying imprisoned in their pain or in eternal resentment.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 1, 69-81.
The author explores the functions of the adolescent body engaged in violent sexual acting-out behavior, using the case of Pierre, 15, who is incarcerated for rape. With reference to the third topic of C. Dejours (2003), we revisit the early phase of the relation with the primal object, then the traumatic deferred action of the pubertary, which puts to the test the topical splitting between the repressed unconscious and the forbidden unconscious that provokes violent sexual acts against the percept.
Adolescence, 2019, 37, 1, 33-42.
Using two clinical vignettes (one from an institutional therapeutic treatment, and the other from an individual treatment), the author investigates issues underlying the apparently “liberated” sexuality of two older adolescents: a tight, reciprocal clinging to the mother, in the absence of internalization of parental imagos that would enable true individuation. He calls attention to the psychopathological and therapeutic consequences of this.
Adolescence, 2019, 37, 1, 23-31.
The authors introduce different angles for thinking about adolescent sexualities. Have changes in society – social media, the recognition of minority sexualities – changed the representations and behaviors of adolescents? Treatments, institutional care, and cultural objects, viewed through the prism of a study of transference, offer valuable ground for reflecting on the complex relations between sexuality, violence and identity issues.
Adolescence, 2019, 37, 1, 9-12.
This article considers acts of violence against woman to be as a desperate attempts to contain and transform the burden of traumatic excitations. It will argue that “femininicide” corresponds to the envious killing of the object’s desirability in response to the risk of invasion by the drives.
Adolescence, 2018, 36, 1, 121-132.
The author will explore the place and role of the act of sexual violence in the adolescent process. Continuing the work of A. Ciavaldini, who considers the act to be “unfinished affect”, he will discuss the way that sexual violence contributes to non-symbolic linking, to use R. Roussillon’s term. The issue of the “respondent figure”, as defined by R. Kaes, emerges in the psychotherapeutic treatment, where experiences of violence and abandonment in childhood leave traces of non-happening in the affect.
Adolescence, 2018, 36, 1, 109-120.
The increase of sexual aggressions committed by adolescents, and more specifically when they are gathered together, demands a clinical, psychopathological, metapsychological and anthropological research hereby introduced. The present feeling of uneasiness within the social link, the change in values and, above all, the “ new ” sexuality as promoted in our societies entail new perverse behaviours, with ordinary adolescents according to a psychopathology that only evidences a difficulty in associating the Œdipian forbiddings and the demands of the collective superego.
The increase of sexual aggressions committed by adolescents, and more specifically when they are gathered together, demands a clinical, psychopathological, metapsychological and anthropological research hereby introduced. The present feeling of uneasiness within the social link, the change in values and, above all, the » new » sexuality as promoted in our societies entail new perverse behaviours, with ordinary adolescents according to a psychopathology that only evidences a difficulty in associating the ådipian forbiddings and the demands of the collective superego.
Using the clinical treatment of an incarcerated adolescent girl, the author considers how the commission of a violent sex act is a failure of the « work of passivity » leading to the murder of the feminine, what the author proposes to call « femininicide ». This slaying of the feminine is a response to the threat of being invaded by drives, which is strongly felt at the particular time of life which is adolescence. The article retraces the difficulties of Sonia’s clinical treatment during her time in the penal system. The passage by way of the act is envisioned as a scene bringing together and condensing internal psychical elements that cannot be organized or linked and threaten identity with rupture.
Adolescence, 2013, 30, 4, 935-944.