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Novick, J. Novick, K.K. (2001). Trauma and Deferred Action in the Reality of Adolescence. Am. J. Psychoanal., 61(1):43-61.

(2001). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 61(1):43-61

Trauma and Deferred Action in the Reality of Adolescence

Jack Novick, Ph.D. and Kerry Kelly Novick

In the search for ever earlier determinants of adult pathology many ignore the transformative impact of adolescence. The authors suggest that the reality of adolescent development creates a vulnerability to being overwhelmed. Through deferred action childhood experiences may interact with adolescent realities and omnipotent beliefs to traumatize the adolescent. The authors suggest that trauma in adolescence can be independent both of the intensity of current external exposure or of earlier traumatic experiences.

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