Reference : Parentification-infantilisation: le processus d'individuation de la mère d'Anne
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Treatment & clinical psychology
Parentification-infantilisation: le processus d'individuation de la mère d'Anne
Dessoy, Etienne [ > > ]
Stassart, Martine mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département Psychologies et cliniques des systèmes humains > Département Psychologies et cliniques des systèmes humains >]
Courtois, A., Anne [ > > ]
Bernaerts, Geneviève [ > > ]
de Keyser, Anne [ > > ]
Nyssens, Grégoire [ > > ]
Haxhe, Stéphanie mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département Psychologies et cliniques des systèmes humains > Clinique systémique et psychopathologie relationnelle >]
Vande Velde, Carole [ > > ]
Thérapie Familiale
Médecine et hygiène
Yes (verified by ORBi)
[fr] Parentification ; Infantilisation ; Double-lien
[en] Summary: Parentification – infantilization. The individuation process of Anne’s mother. – The research
on the double bind context helps us understand the individuation process of mothers who are described as
parentified and whose child seems to present borderline or psychotic problems. In a previous paper, we
presented a study on double bind between those mothers and their child. This aim of this present paper is
to develop the transgenerational aspects of those family patterns.
The paper will describe the individuation process of the parentifed mother based on the position she had in her
own family, the way she grew up and progressively developed. We will examine her functions towards each of
her parents and as well as towards her sibling. We will focus on different elements such as contact style, patterns
of interaction in the creation of an «experiencing world» that is so crucial in double bind process.
This paper is the last of four. Their all tried to expand the area of double bind by clarifyinging the Bateson’s
metaphor about the double bind as the only visible part of an iceberg. Further than a logical conceptual
organization for double bind patterns, the aim of this paper is to provide therapists with a methodological
tool they could use as a map which is co-created with the family to progressively reveal the good reasons
for this pathological situation to be and question its pertinence in the family today.

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