Who owns the trauma? A Kleinian perspective on the dialogue between child protection social workers and the media

Shirley Ben Shlomo, Noga Levin-Keini

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Abstract

The present paper makes use of the developmental model of movement between mental positions that was formulated by psychoanalyst Melanie Klein, aimed at understanding the dialogue that takes place between the media and social workers in the field of child welfare, centring around incidents of murder within the family. The basic concept in the paper is that when working with children who are victims of abuse and with their parents, and when reporting on them as well, the feeling of personal control is severely undermined, being associated with the loss of the hallowed social value known as ‘unconditional love of a parent for his child’. The paper illustrates these theoretical ideas by describing two cases that took place in Israel and recommendations are made regarding ways of promoting the dialogue between the professions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-154
Number of pages9
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017

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© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Keywords

  • Kleinian perspective
  • child protection social workers
  • media
  • murder within the family

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