Middle-Class Waifs: The Psychodynamic Treatment of Affectively Disturbed Children (Paperback)Elaine V. Siegel (author)
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Through poignant case studies, Siegel reviews the developmental circumstances that bring these middle-class waifs to a critical impasse with both their parents and the educational establishment. Time and again she discovers that the children's expectable developmental course has been derailed by their accommodation to parental abuse and deformed parental expectations. Psychodynamic treatment invariably uncovers the maladaptive solutions that fueled the children's behavioral and learning disturbances.
This volume speaks to a broad clinical and non-clinical readership: psychoanalytic clinicians; psychologists; counselors; social workers; art, dance, and music therapists; special education teachers; child therapists; and child care workers. They will all join in admiration of Siegel's treatment approach which focuses on what is healthy in deeply traumatized children and, in so doing, helps debunk the myth of the untreatable child.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"This book of case histories, written by a gifted and dedicated child therapist, is a most welcome and needed addition to the literature. It is reassuring and refreshing to hear that a humane environment enhances learning in children and that overemphasis on specialized remedial help can make us forget that children are whole human beings with a primary need to be understood."
- Anni Bergman, Ph.D., Professor Clinical Psychology, CUNY
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