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Int J Group Psychother. 1997 Oct;47(4):427-41.

Transference paradigms at play in psychoanalytically oriented group therapy with female adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

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Derner Institute, Adelphi University, USA.


This article presents a psychoanalytically oriented model of group treatment for female adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Two key treatment issues--the survivor's struggle to trust her own mind and her tenacious allegiance to an omnipotent, all-bad self-representation--are used to illustrate ways in which the transference/countertransference matrix of the group permits members to enact, identify, and work through central internalized relational configurations. The group therapist's role is to maintain transitionality, a focus on process, and the capacity for play.

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