Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Winnicott's "Capacity to Be Alone" in Normative and Non-Normative Adolescent Development
by Roberts, Jennifer H., Psy.D., Antioch University, 2011, 214; 10807651
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation introduces and discusses Winnicott's (1958/1974) capacity to be alone construct and how it is engendered in a child by an attuned environmental framework. Literature from the psychoanalytical, developmental, attachment, and trauma fields are utilized to operationalize the capacity to be alone in terms of attachment status, emotional regulation, executive functioning, and impulse control. The goal was to generate an object relational-developmental framework that will be used as a non-pathologizing lens by which to view the internalizing and externalizing behaviors of adolescents in foster care as well as of youth who have not been placed in substitute care. Clinical implications that result from this model are examined, as well as recommendations for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Commitee: Ellenhorn, Theodore, Fleischer, Len, Straus, Martha
School: Antioch University
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Adolescence, Adolescent development, Foster care, Object relations, Trauma
Publication Number: 10807651
ISBN: 978-0-355-84259-3
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