separation-individuation

separation-individuation

 
the process usually seen in infants by which the child identifies itself as different from the primary caretaker while maintaining an emotional attachment.
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For instance, when we consider the first six months of age, which is the focus of this study, according to the separation-individuation theory (Mahler et al., 1977), infants are at the peak of mother-baby symbiosis and would go through the first sub-phase of a process called differentiation.
The process of separation-individuation, made more complex by adoption, is very important here.
Separation-individuation, family functioning and psychological adjustment in college students: A construct validity study of the separation-individuation test of adolescence.
This process, referred to as the separation-individuation process, allows an individual to move away from his or her comforting environment while continuing to retain a part of him or herself.
Chapter 2, titled Narcissism, Character Formation and Separation-Individuation, begins by framing these concerns against an ego psychological understanding, but quickly moves to introduce self psychology.
The Separation Individuation Inventory (Christenson & Wilson, 1985) is a 36-item self-report measure designed to assess symptoms associated with a disturbance in the separation-individuation process.
Separation-individuation, exploration, and identity diffusion as mediators of the relationship between attachment and career indecision.
When the separation-individuation process goes awry: Distinguishing between dysfunctional dependence and dysfunctional independence.
To measure psychological separation, we adopted the Separation-individuation Inventory translated into Taiwanese by Wu (2004).
He discusses the development of character, the process of a second separation-individuation, the capacity for affect regulation and the related self-reflective function, and the treatment of adolescent clients, through clinical vignettes from his previously published works.