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Loose, J.G. (1999). Facts and Fiction: An Exploration of Parent Work With Two Maternally Deprived Mothers. Psychoanal. Inq., 19(2):254-266.

(1999). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 19(2):254-266

Facts and Fiction: An Exploration of Parent Work With Two Maternally Deprived Mothers

Judith Green Loose, M.A.

Facts! Facts! Facts! are merely what we know already. They are by definition what can never surprise us.

Luigi Pirandello, 1922

When we risk no contradiction, It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.

John Gay, 1727

PARENT WORK CAN BE AS REWARDING AS PSYCHOTHERAPY with children, and child psychotherapists are experienced in working with parents with the child in mind. This work is clearly different from individual adult psychotherapy. There are many themes in “Parent Stories,” which can be considered and even explored in depth. It is a question of being able to offer enough containment to enable parents to make their own links, which in turn may facilitate change.

Work with parents is recognized to be challenging and hard-going. What is daunting about parent work is not only the familiar experience of not knowing for much of the time what is internal reality and what is external reality, but also trying to identify what type of work will best support the needs of the patient and the family.

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