Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To see papers related to the one you are viewing…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

When there are articles or videos related to the one you are viewing, you will see a related papers icon next to the title, like this: RelatedPapers32Final3For example:


Click on it and you will see a bibliographic list of papers that are related (including the current one). Related papers may be papers which are commentaries, responses to commentaries, erratum, and videos discussing the paper. Since they are not part of the original source material, they are added by PEP editorial staff, and may not be marked as such in every possible case.


For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Bonovitz, C. (2004). Unconscious Communication and the Transmission of Loss. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 3(1):1-27.

(2004). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 3(1):1-27

Unconscious Communication and the Transmission of Loss

Christopher Bonovitz, PSYD

In this paper, I examine the sense of loss that some adoptive parents experience in being unable to conceive and how this interfaces with the “ambiguous loss” of the birth mother for the adoptee. I outline an interpersonal-relational perspective on adoption using current thinking on the concept of projective identification. I propose that the adoptive parents and their own attachment histories, including their representations of the adoptive child, partially determine the meaning (s) of the adoption transmitted to the adoptee. The multiple losses associated with infertility interact with the young child's understanding of his origins, his self-representation, his fantasies of where babies come from, and the conscious and unconscious meanings of adoption within the family constellation.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.