The role of affect regulation in a case of attempted maternal-filicide suicide: Commentary on an act of despair

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Abstract

A case of attempted maternal-filial suicide is discussed from the perspective of trauma, emotional regulation and defense mechanisms. Case details which include childhood sexual abuse, observed parental violence and emotional neglect allow for an illustration of the impact of childhood family experiences on adult intimacy and coping patterns. Domestic violence and the perception of protection are also explored. Emotional regulation in the experience of despair is approached from an object relations perspective. Based on this, implications for prevention and treatment are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2007

Keywords

  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Projective identification
  • Splitting
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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