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Anderson, J. (2003). The Mythic Significance of Risk-Taking, Dangerous Behaviour. J. Child Psychother., 29(1):75-91.

(2003). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 29(1):75-91

The Mythic Significance of Risk-Taking, Dangerous Behaviour

Janet Anderson, CFCS

Clinical research using grounded theory methodology was undertaken to discover the origin, structure and meaning of risk-taking, dangerous behaviour in childhood. Three different situations were identified in which risk-taking, dangerous behaviour occurred. These were named illusory-haven, no-haven and perilous-haven: ‘haven’ describing different object relationships which occurred both inter-psychically and intra-psychically, each of which was dangerous for the child. These configurations of relationships were found to be meaningfully linked to different situations in the Oedipal drama. The ‘havens’ were also found to be important in linking patterns of family relationships to gang formation. By using the havens in this broader context the insights gained from the Oedipus Complex are seen to be more widely applicable.

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