The assessment of the familial dynamic and the depressive familial position: contributions of projective methods

The author suggests to work with a groupal-family approach and with the conditions that the psychical family dynamic are based on. To start with, the family depressive position theory, defended by the author (Roman, 1999), shows groupal-family psychical economy specificities. If the projective method allows a closer view to the family depressive position configuration, thus, it will be important to come up with the projective perspective in the family, in order to specify the specificities of the depressive family configuration. The presentation of a clinical situation illustrates the theoretical and methodological propositions that are shown in this article.

familial dynamic; projective methods; psychical transmission; family depressive position; adolescent

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