N.43 - Baby observation and analytic presence

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Abstract

The direct observation of the newborn has been elaborated and proposed by Esther Bick, member of the British Psychoanalytic Society, in the aim to better understand the child’s development in his family environment.
The observation takes place at home once a week for one hour during the first two years of a child’s life. The method takes place in three stages, the first one is the observation, as attentive as possible, the second one is the writing of a report in which the observer tries to reconstruct what he has experienced. The third time takes place in the supervision seminar, during which the material is presented and discussed.
In this article we propose two reports of observations that took place at three and four months of the child, interspersed with comments that account for the supervision work.

 

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