Destructive Groups: The Role of Projective Identification in Suicidal Groups of Young People

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Goldblatt, Mark J., Briggs, S. and Lindner, Reinhard 2015. Destructive Groups: The Role of Projective Identification in Suicidal Groups of Young People. British Journal of Psychotherapy. 31 (1), pp. 38-53.
AuthorsGoldblatt, Mark J., Briggs, S. and Lindner, Reinhard
Abstract

Group suicidal behaviour by young people has been attracting increasing
worldwide attention, but the subject has rarely been studied from a clinical or
psychodynamic perspective. Although etiological factors are not well
understood, unconscious as well as conscious group processes likely contribute
to self-destructive actions. In this article we discuss the
role of projective identification in the development of suicidal behavior by
individuals who are part of a destructive group. We consider how these factors
may operate, illustrated through a case description of a young man involved
with a group of high school students that included at least four who made
serious suicide attempts. Recognition and understanding of these forms of
communication have important implications for clinical practice and suicide
prevention.

JournalBritish Journal of Psychotherapy
Journal citation31 (1), pp. 38-53
ISSN02659883
Year2015
PublisherWiley
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjp.12134
Publication dates
Print01 Jan 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Sep 2015
Accepted01 Jan 2015
Copyright informationThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Destructive Groups: The Role of Projective Identification in Suicidal Groups of Young People, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjp.12134. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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