N.23 - Reflections on the adolescent group with particular reference to trauma and accidents

Suicidal splinters: breackup and recovery within the structure of experience in adolescent crises

Abstract

This paper addresses problems related to the risk of suicide in adolescence which represents an extreme experience to recover psychological functions that precede emotional and experiential development. Therapeutic group work, the elective setting for these cases, fosters processes of identification and subsequent individual de-identification. Subjectivation is a painful pursuit for the adolescent, and it is often considered as an experience that bears the marks of shame and humiliation due to the difficulties the adolescent encounters, which he or she tends to experience as extreme guilt. These young patients’ psychological vulnerability demands that the therapist use forms of modulating and of therapeutic latency that support the group-container.

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