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TERRADAS, Miguel M.  and  ACHIM, Julie. Suffering in the parent-child relationship: mentalizing interventions in youth protection. Estilos clin. [online]. 2016, vol.21, n.1, pp. 170-188. ISSN 1415-7128.

Children and adolescents under the responsibility of the youth protection have experienced complex traumas concerning neglect, mistreatment, and various forms of abuse. The authors suggest that, as their parents, they show significant difficulties to mentalize as well as a pre-mentalizing mode of psychic functioning. This article presents the operationalization of the different pre-mentalizing modes of thought (teleological, psychic equivalence, and pretend-mode). This study also presents the underlying principles from a mentalizing intervention program that can be used by educators who work with vulnerable children and adolescents.

Keywords : mentalizing; trauma; pre-mentalizing modes; mentalizing interventions; youth protection.

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