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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


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“Fathers and Children”: Psychodynamic View on Father’s Role in Child’s Development 1897


Gulina M.A.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Methodology of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Vasilyeva N.L.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Child and Parent Mental Health and Early Intervention Chair, Department of Psychology, St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia

We analyze the father’s role in child development and present psychodynamic view on the stages of child development. A clinical case and history of psychoanalytic treatment are presented. A number of modern theoretical views on a father’s role in child development are integrated into clinical material. We consider the functions and features of the father’s role in the symbiotic, practicing and rapproachment phases of child development. The phenomenon of the alienated (forced) identification is outlined, and its potential consequences are analyzed. We emphasize the role of parents as a couple at the Oedipal stage and draw out the prerequisites of psychologically healthy fatherhood stemming both from the father’s personality and from the couple’s dynamics.

Keywords: early triangulation, separation, paternal function, maternal deprivation, mentalization, alienated identification, narcissistic parent

Column: Workshop and Methods


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