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Parsons, M. (1990). Some Issues Affecting Termination—The Treatment of a High-Risk Adolescent. Psychoanal. St. Child, 45:437-458.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 45:437-458

Some Issues Affecting Termination—The Treatment of a High-Risk Adolescent

Marianne Parsons


This paper addresses some of the difficulties of termination in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy of a deprived, high-risk adolescent girl, who had two previous treatments. Some commonly referred to issues are explored: termination and the developmental process of adolescence; the relationship between termination, mourning, and internalization; the need for the resolution of the transference and careful monitoring of the countertransference; the importance of the transference resolution of the oedipus complex and related issues concerning preoedipal development and identification; and the consolidation of ego strength.

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