This book presents a comprehensive overview of psychoanalytic work with immigrant mothers, fathers, and their children, combining clinical examples and contemporary research to explore ways in which psychoanalysts can work and shape appropriate therapeutic settings.
Written by an international range of contributors, from Europe, the US, and the Middle East, the chapters examine how psychoanalysts, especially when they too are immigrants, can best support those in a transcultural situation against the backdrop of increasing migration from conflict, persecution, war, or poverty. They share a clinical and societal commitment. While showing how the existing literature on immigration focuses rightly on traumatic elements, the chapters in this text also demonstrate how creativity must be considered while shaping a psychoanalytic perspective. The text brings together case material and research to illuminate how the therapeutic and theoretical processes of psychoanalysis, at times combining anthropology and sociology, can lead to the construction of new therapeutic settings mostly for non-Western families in contexts of higher psychopathological risks: neo-natal period, international adoption, and social isolation.
Written in a practical, accessible style, Parenthood and Immigration in Psychoanalysis is essential reading for practicing psychoanalysts, paediatricians, psychotherapists, and counsellors, as well as researchers and clinicians in a range of fields, including perinatal, sociology, cultural studies, and social work.
Preface Julia Kristeva Introduction Geneviève Welsh 1. Parenthood in migration: how to face multiplicity Marie Rose Moro, Olivier Taieb, Sara Skandrani 2. The involvement of fathers in exile on the perinatal scene Claire Mestre, Lia Fort-Jacques, Estelle Gioan 3. Managing encounters with otherness: transcultural approaches in a French maternity unit Rahmeth Radjack, Marie Rose Moro 4. Psychological approaches in perinatal health for refugees: an ethno-psychoanalytic viewpoint Saskia Von Overbeck Ottino 5. Immigrant mothers Usha Tummala-Narra 6. Spirit possession and motherhood Geneviève Welsh 7. Specific challenges faced by children of immigrants Salman Akhtar 8. Holding and handling a child from a different cultural cradle: Parenting in a context of international adoption Mayssa’ El Husseini, Aureìlie Harf, Sara Skandrani, Marie Rose Moro 9. Going through adolescence with immigrant parents in Chile Gabriela Guzman