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Psicologia Clínica

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OLIVEIRA-MENEGOTTO, Lisiane Machado de; LOPES, Rita de Cássia Sobreira  and  CARON, Nara Amália. The Bick infant observation method: clinical aspects. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2010, vol.22, n.1, pp. 39-55. ISSN 0103-5665.

The article presents the Bick infant observation method as a clinical tool, based on a research application of the method to the psychoanalytic investigation of the relationship of a mother and her Down syndrome baby. We discuss the therapeutic potential of this method, based on the observer's holding function. The case presented shows the observer's silent, subtle and empathic attitude, which served as holding for the mother's helplessness condition.

Keywords : infant observation; holding; Down syndrome.

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