This phenomenological qualitative study offers an in-depth exploration of the subjective experience of five children who were participating in the reunification process. This study presents new insight into the experiences of children in reunification, including their perceptions of the ability of a reunifying parent to adequately meet children’s mirroring and idealizing self-object needs. By offering a psychodynamic understanding of the children’s experience, this study deepens the understanding of professionals who facilitate reunification services.
This study returned four findings:
1. Participants perceived a loss of actual and desired connection to others . . .
2. Participants perceived a loss of control within their relationships. In negotiating parental separation they experienced splitting and a disrupted sense of agency...
3. Participants perceived that they were not heard, and experienced ego depletion and psychological pain...
4. Participants perceived a lack of positive parental affect and sensitivity, and experienced shortages in mirroring and idealizing selfobject needs...
|Commitee:||Lampe, James, Goldberg, Constance, Piotrowski, Michelle, Blumhardt, Kerstin|
|School:||Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)|
|Department:||Clinical Social Work|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
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