Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 155–165 | Cite as

Transitional relationships: Clinical observations on a form of peer parenting

  • Judith B. Rosenberger
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Abstract

Adolescents may form quasi-parental/quasi-marital couples to compensate for insufficient access to parental objects at this crucial developmental stage. These relationships constitute a form of peer parenting which can facilitate transition to adulthood. Object relations theory provides a theoretical framework for assessing and responding to critical developmental needs that these young couples present in the clinical setting. An object-relations assessment of a transitional relationship couple is presented, and treatment strategies discussed.

Keywords

Developmental Stage Treatment Strategy Clinical Setting Clinical Observation Relation Theory 

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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith B. Rosenberger
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  1. 1.New York

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