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Amerongen, M. Mishna, F. (2004). Learning Disabilities and Behavior Problems: A Self Psychological and Intersubjective Approach to Working with Parents. Psychoanal. Soc. Work, 11(2):33-53.

(2004). Psychoanalytic Social Work, 11(2):33-53


Learning Disabilities and Behavior Problems: A Self Psychological and Intersubjective Approach to Working with Parents

Margaret Amerongen, M.S.W., RSW and Faye Mishna, Ph.D.

In this paper the authors present an approach, which is informed by self psychology and intersubjectivity theory, to working with parents of children who have learning disabilities (LD) and behavior problems. Children with LD are at risk of developing behavior problems. Effective intervention with the children's parents must be based on knowledge of the interplay of contributing cognitive and experiential


The authors wish to express their appreciation to Joseph Palombo, MA, LCSW and Richard Cummings, PhD for their helpful comments.

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factors. This knowledge allows therapists and parents to develop informed empathy in relation to the children's experiences and to implement effective management strategies. The approach emphasizes the empathy that the therapist conveys to the parents which fosters greater understanding by the parents of their children.

[This is a summary excerpt from the full text of the journal article. The full text of the document is available to journal subscribers on the publisher's website here.]

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