Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To keep track of most popular articles…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can always keep track of the Most Popular Journal Articles on PEP Web by checking the PEP tab found on the homepage.

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

Lewis, E. Casement, P. (1986). The Inhibition of Mourning by Pregnancy A Case Study. Psychoanal. Psychother., 2(1):45-52.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2(1):45-52

The Inhibition of Mourning by Pregnancy A Case Study

Emanuel Lewis and Patrick Casement

Pregnancy tends to inhibit the mourning process so that a bereavement which occurs during pregnancy may be inadequately mourned. When a bereavement occurs during the period of “primary maternal preoccupation” (Winnicott) a woman has the impossible task of making “an exclusive devotion” (Freud) to two people. The bereaved woman usually opts for her live baby and mourning is postponed. The complexities of this process are discussed; and these are illustrated by a case of pathological mourning, following a bereavement in pregnancy, that was successfully treated by psychoanalytical psychotherapy.

[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 © 2019, 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.