The role of the object and the mourning process in the child

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serval:BIB_1B4C28057954
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
The role of the object and the mourning process in the child
Journal
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Author(s)
Porret Jean-Michel
ISSN
1063-3995
Publication state
Published
Issued date
1994
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
1
Number
4
Pages
240-249
Language
english
Abstract
The young child's ability to go through a genuine mourning process has been a source of controversy in the psychoanalytical literature. This may seem surprising, considering that mourning is essential for and inherent to psychic development. This paper attempts to show that the young child's ability to go through a mourning process does not depend mainly on ego maturity, nor just on an acknowledgment of a loss in the external world, nor on the child's understanding the idea of death at an intellectual and cognitive level. But it may depend mainly on the establishment of the primordial mourning process inherent to the separation of the transnarcissistic mother-child relation and on the existence of the objectalizing function (A. Green, 1986) in the remaining or substitute parent's psyche. A clinical example serves to illustrate these hypotheses.
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