Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 50–61 | Cite as

Applications of self psychology to the problem of child abuse

  • Amy Eldridge
  • Mary Finnican
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Abstract

This article examines the application of self psychology to the problem of child abuse. The understanding of child abuse has evolved and, through the application of psychoanalytic principles, has come to be viewed as a breakdown in the parent-child relationship. Self psychology provides a furthering of this understanding and suggests treatment modalities. The case illustration demonstrates the usefullness of self psychology in both understanding and treating abusive parents.

Keywords

Treatment Modality Child Abuse Case Illustration Abusive Parent Psychoanalytic Principle 

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© Human Sciences Press 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy Eldridge
    • 1
  • Mary Finnican
    • 1
  1. 1.Chicago

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