Year: 1974 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, (1974), 8p. SIEC No: 19820798

This paper describes 2 families whose deep need for mourning, although covertly known to each family member, was not overly acknowledged within the group. This “dysfunctional secret” contributed both to the development of symptoms in one child in each family and to progressive intrafamilial alienation. Treatment directed specifically toward the delineation and resolution of these secrets led to significant improvement.