Title

The Transitional Object in adolescence

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2101/2102

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Format Type

Panel

Start Date

January 2016

End Date

January 2016

Abstract

Transitional Object in adolescence, the present study is the result of a investigation process during the studies in a Master of Theoretical Studies in Psychoanalysys. This work seeks to investigate the possible presence of the Transitional Object in adolescence.

We aimed to investigate the characteristics of the adolescents that have these objects, as well as the experiences and characteristics of the Transitional Object. The concept of the Transitional Object proposed by Winnicott was used, since other specific definitions for this phenomenon in later stages after childhood were not found.

The discussion also focused in the pertinence of the concept of Transitional Objects beyond childhood and the significance that this would imply.

We performed a qualitative study with a thematic analysis of the reports provided by the 7 adolescent participants. The interviews focused on the characteristics, history, function and meaning of the Transitional Object, as well as the characteristics of their owners.

We found that adolescents that have a Transitional Object seem to present characteristics that indicate certain degree of vulnerability and a lower degree of well-being. The results of this study are similar to those found in other previous investigations. We consider that it could be convenient to differentiate the persistence of this phenomenon beyond childhood, proposing as an alternative: Transitional Object Chronification.

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The Transitional Object in adolescence

2101/2102

Transitional Object in adolescence, the present study is the result of a investigation process during the studies in a Master of Theoretical Studies in Psychoanalysys. This work seeks to investigate the possible presence of the Transitional Object in adolescence.

We aimed to investigate the characteristics of the adolescents that have these objects, as well as the experiences and characteristics of the Transitional Object. The concept of the Transitional Object proposed by Winnicott was used, since other specific definitions for this phenomenon in later stages after childhood were not found.

The discussion also focused in the pertinence of the concept of Transitional Objects beyond childhood and the significance that this would imply.

We performed a qualitative study with a thematic analysis of the reports provided by the 7 adolescent participants. The interviews focused on the characteristics, history, function and meaning of the Transitional Object, as well as the characteristics of their owners.

We found that adolescents that have a Transitional Object seem to present characteristics that indicate certain degree of vulnerability and a lower degree of well-being. The results of this study are similar to those found in other previous investigations. We consider that it could be convenient to differentiate the persistence of this phenomenon beyond childhood, proposing as an alternative: Transitional Object Chronification.