Psychic Development of the human: pre latency stage and adolescence.

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSHS3038312

Semester and Year Offered: Semester 3 Year: 2020

Course Coordinator and Team: Dr Ashis Roy

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Pre-requisites: Completion of prior courses

Course Objectives/Description:

This course begins with a summary of the Oedipal adjustment that ushers in the latency period with its immense cognitive growth and structural goals as seen in each half of this period. With increased drive pressure, puberty and adolescence reawaken psychic conflict, presenting the task of substantially relinquishing infantile objects and turning object needs towards peers. The final psychosexual structuralization of the ego-ideal is discussed in detail, which if successful, allows a successful early adult adjustment. Attention is paid to both healthy adjustments and levels and

Types of pathology. Theoretical issues will be organized around published and personal clinical material.

Course Outcomes:

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Identify different stages of latency and adolescence.
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of regressions and fixations leading to symptom formation in latency and adolescence
  3. Develop clinical understanding of psychological milestones to be attained in these stages.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of different theoretical perspectives in understanding latency and adolescence.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

  1. Introductory remarks on the dissolution of the Oedipus complex and it's link with the capacity to play, symbolise or its absence in a child’s life.
  2. The stage of latency as a period in psychological development of the human.
  3. The individuation process in adolescence.
  4. The need and psychic function of the Ego Ideal
  5. Identity: Concerns and issues: Formation of identity and the role of positive and negative identifications. Identity formation and the process of mourning.
  6. Reflections on Late Adolescence

It is to be noted that in this course the course facilitator will pay special attention to special issues emerging during the latency and adolescent period in the Indian context. Classroom discussions would be geared towards a culturally embedded way of understanding these crucial life stages.

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Assessment 1: Written assessment: 50%
  • Assessment 2: Written assessment : 50%

Reading List:

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  • Shaw, L.N. (1998). A Boy in Analysis. J. Clin. Psychoanal., 7:445-471.
  • Blos, P. (1958). Preadolescent Drive Organization. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 6:47-56.
  • Blos, P. (1962) Phases of adolescence In: On Adolescence. Middle years only. Free Press: New York
  • Blos, P. (1974). The Genealogy of the Ego Ideal. Psychoanal. St. Child, 29:43-88.
  • Blos, P. (1978).The concept of acting out in relation to the adolescent process. In A developmental Approach
  • Blos, P. (1979) Adolescent concretization - A contribution to the theory of delinquency. In: The Adolescent
  • Bornstein, B. (1951). On Latency. Psychoanal. St. Child, 6:279-285.
  • Disorders in Children and Adolescents - Diagnosis and Treatment. Beren, P. Editor, pp. 263-280.
  • Erikson, H. E. (1972) Identity, Youth and Crises. New York: W.W. Norton
  • Erlich, H.S. (1978). Adolescent Suicide—Maternal Longing and Cognitive Development. Psychoanal. St. Child.
  • Fischer, R.M. (1991). Pubescence: A Psychoanalytic Study of One Girl's Experience of Puberty. Psychoanal.Inq., 11:457-479.
  • Freud, A. (1958). Adolescence. Psychoanal. St. Child, 13:255-278
  • Freud, S. Analysis of a phobia in a five-year-old boy. S.E. 10: 126-141, 144-145
  • Frosch, A. (1995). The Preconceptual Organization Of Emotion. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 43:423-447.
  • Jacobson, E. The self and object world. Chapter 12 The influence of normal and unsuccessful adolescent conflict
  • Jemerin, J.M. (2004). Latency and the Capacity to Reflect on Mental States. Psychoanal. St. Child, 59:211-239.
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  • Knight, R. (2005). The Process of Attachment and Autonomy in Latency: A Longitudinal Study of Ten Children.
  • Laufer, M. (1964). Ego Ideal and Pseudo Ego Ideal in Adolescence. Psychoanal. St. Child, 19:196-221.
  • Loewald, H.W. (1979). The Waning of the Oedipus Complex. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 27:751-775.
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  • Milrod, D. (1990). The Ego Ideal. Psychoanal. St. Child, 45:43-60.
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  • To Problems of Acting Out. Rexford, E. (Ed.). pp. 153-182. IUP. NY
  • Tyson, P. (1982). A Developmental Line of Gender Identity, Gender Role, and Choice of Love Object. J. Amer.
  • Winnicott, D.W. (1971). Playing and Reality. Chapter 11 - Contemporary Concepts of Adolescent Development