Year: 1994 Source: Clinical Social Work Journal, v.22, no.3, (Fall 1994), p.303-316 SIEC No: 19950751

A theory of the family as a supraordinate selfobject is developed. Clinical applications of the theory are explored. The family as a selfobject matrix enhances the development of the child by the provision of continuity through the maintenance of proximity over time, & by an enhanced quality & quantity of selfoject responsiveness for the individual. This application of self psychology theory is illustrated with examples including family therapy as a part of treatment for suicidal adoloscents.