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Lake, D.A. (1987). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXVIII, 1983: Adoptive Parents. Generative Conflict and Generative Continuity. Harold P. Blum. Pp. 141-163.. Psychoanal Q., 56:410-411.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXVIII, 1983: Adoptive Parents. Generative Conflict and Generative Continuity. Harold P. Blum. Pp. 141-163.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:410-411

Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXVIII, 1983: Adoptive Parents. Generative Conflict and Generative Continuity. Harold P. Blum. Pp. 141-163.

David A. Lake

Adoption influences the fantasy systems and the unconscious communications of each member of the family. Identity integration is influenced in the adopted child, his adoptive parents, and grandparents. Blum examines the conflicts and crises that accompany each stage of adaptation to the adoption process. The infertility which usually precedes adoption can be associated with a sense of castration, punishment, narcissistic injury, anxious over-investment in biological techniques, and marital crisis. Adoptive parents may tend to blame the child for not providing narcissistic

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compensation, often fearing that the child is a "bad seed." Such children may see themselves as having been abandoned or as the survivors of parents whom they have killed or alienated; their family romance fantasies often denigrate everyone. There are fantasies of child-stealing and talion kidnapping. Adoption may violate family narcissism—the wish of parents to relive an idealized version of their own childhood and to renew symbolically their own parents' procreativity. The atmosphere around the child can be one of mourning and intergenerational ambivalence.

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Article Citation

Lake, D.A. (1987). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. XXXVIII, 1983. Psychoanal. Q., 56:410-411

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