Dyadic psychotherapy for early relationship disorders: A case study

Miri Keren, Sarah Spitzer, Samuel Tyano*

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Specific treatment modalities, such as dyadic psychotherapies, have emerged, based on the notion that in cases of very early relational disorders, the patient is the parent-infant relationship. The aim of this paper is to present a case study of such a relational disorder which took place as the result of a complex interplay between the infant's biological risk factors and the parents' psychological risk factors. The emphasis is on the technique and the course of the dyadic psychotherapy of the mother and her three-year-old child, where the main goal was to change some of the intrapsychic and interpersonal processes specifically related to pathological motherhood. The theoretical background is briefly presented, while emphasizing the criteria for choosing one approach among the different kinds of dyadic psychotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-270
Number of pages9
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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