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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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NASCIMENTO, Rose Daise Melo do  and  PEDROSO, Janari da Silva. Reflections on the observation experience of a sheltered baby. Rev.Mal-Estar Subj [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.1-2, pp. 369-386. ISSN 1518-6148.

This research has as main purpose to reflect on the issue of emotional development of a sheltered baby through the experience of direct observation, with adaptation to the context of shelter, of the method of observation of mother-infant relationship, originally proposed by Esther Bick. Thus, the world of Miguel was accessed, a baby five days old who was admitted into a public shelter due to abandonment. Observations were made weekly, lasting one hour, during the first four months of his life. However, in order to support the discussions proposed in this study were selected the observations of the first two months of Miguel's life. Based on the psychoanalytic theory, this study emphasizes the discussion of the emotional development in early life of a child deprived of parental care, with emphasis on objectal relations and emotional skin. We highlight the method used to access these contents. At the end of this journey, through the methodological resource used, Miguel showed to be a baby whose care received was pervaded by the lack of affection. This kind of care, in most cases, were inconsistent with the real needs of Miguel, who, however, was fully available to the contact and gradually developed his own resources to achieve and take a minimum interaction with others.

Keywords : shelter; infant observation; emotional development; objects relations; emotional skin.

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