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Character Formation and Identity in Adolescence: Clinical and Developmental Issues
Lucente, Randolph L.
Lyceum Books Inc / Softcover / 2012-01-01 / 1933478691
Infant, Child & Adolescent / Psychoanalysis with Infants, Children & Adolescent
price: $49.95
168 pages
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Randolph Lucente examines the development of character in the adolescent stage, the process of a second separation-individuation, and ways to treat the adolescent client. Character Formation and Identity in Adolescence draws on psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theory as well as neuropsychobiology to explain the adolescent transition to an adult sense of self. The clinical material features in-depth case vignettes that include clients on the borderline/narcissistic spectrum with arrests in separation-individuation substages and insecure early attachments. Therapeutic attunements that are affect-regulating, mentalizing, and mindsight-oriented are featured in each of these clinical vignettes and suggest outcomes that potentiate vertical as well as bilateral cerebral hemispheric integrations. The book contains a synthesis of the theories of psychoanalysis, psychodynamics, self psychology, neurobiology, and the concepts of intersubjectivity, attachment-differentiation, narcissism, and affect regulation.


Case vignettes derived from clinical experience
A closing discussion on the role of the clinician in research and data collection

“I found the work to be clear and very well written. Moreover, the link between psychoanalytic theory and adolescent development seemed quite enlightening, providing a perspective that few students receive in undergraduate course work. The depth and nature of its content brings a clearer understanding to the many issues that face not only adolescents, but their parents as well.”

—Joseph F. Imburgia, Moraine Valley Community


Chapter 1. Adolescent Development and Clinical Process
The Ego Ideal
Character Formation
Intersubjectivity and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Chapter 2. Narcissism, Character Formation, and Separation-Individuation
Narcissism and Ideals: Ego Psychology
The Ontogeny of the Ego Ideal
Narcissism and Ideals: Self Psychology
Empathy, Intersubjectivity, and Neurobiology
Case Illustration
The Mirroring and Merger Selfobject Transferences

Chapter 3. Splitting, Differentiation, and Identity
Attachment-Differentiation: Identity and Character Formation
Identification and Differentiation in Treatment
Splitting and Identity Confusion
Reflections on the Treatment Process

Chapter 4. Affect Regulation and the True Self
Affect Regulation: Primary and Secondary Emotional Experience
Unconscious Metaphorical Thought
Case Illustrations

Chapter 5. Qualitative Clinical Inquiry
Internal Validity


About the Author

Randolph L. Lucente (MSW, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago) is professor of social work at Loyola University in Chicago. He has been teaching for more than twenty years and maintains a private practice treating adults, adolescents, and children. He has published numerous articles on development and identity in adolescents.

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