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EP90 Invited Address 05b - Identifying the Several Recurring Processes in the Family Leading to Schizophrenia in an Offspring - Mara Selvini Palazzoli, MD

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Invited Addresses |  Schizophrenia |  Children and Adolescent Therapy |  Family Therapy |  Psychotherapy |  Relationships |  Personality Disorders
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990
Mara Selvini Palazzoli, MD |  Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 14, 1990
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We shall discuss one of the most frequent family processes leading to adolescent psychosis. As a direct consequence of the couple's hidden relational malaise, one of the two parents pseudo-privileges the child over the spouse and instrumentally brings him/her up as the opposite of the spouse in every way. The involuntary cheating about feelings ("imbroglio of affections") enhances the possibility of a psychotic breakdown.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To provide specific roadmaps as a guide for therapeutic strategy
  2. To be able to recognize the signs of one of the more frequently recurring processes

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Mara Selvini Palazzoli, MD, received her MD from the UNiversity of Milan in 1941. She was Director of the New Center for Family Therapy in Milan, and also served on a number of editorial boards. The recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Research in Family Therapy award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, she was the author or coauthor of five books, primarily on her approach to understanding and treating families.

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