Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 254–265 | Cite as

Adolescence and parental influence

  • Sandra L. Holman


Treatment of a borderline mother and her adolescent daughter is approached with a combination of individual and conjoint sessions, enabling the therapist to identify the distortions within their relationship and to interpret these to the individuals. Mother and daughter attempt to involve the therapist in a collusion in the rejecting-abandoning projection. A combination of interpretation and presentation of a real, nurturing object enables the adolescent to become more interested in peers and able to go to college, and the mother to become less accident prone and able to keep her job.


Social Psychology Adolescent Daughter Parental Influence Conjoint Session Nurture Object 
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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra L. Holman
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  1. 1.University of Colorado School of MedicinneDenver

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