Year: 2007 Source: Clinical Social Work Journal, v.35, no.4, (December 2007), p.223-227 SIEC No: 20100845

A case of attempted maternal-filial suicide is discussed from the perspective of trauma, emotional regulation, & defense mechanisms. Case details which include childhood sexual abuse, observed parental violence, & emotional neglect allow for an illustration of the impact of childhood family experiences on adult intimacy & coping patterns. Domestic violence & the perception of protection are also explored. Emotional regulation in the experience of despair is approached from an object relations perspective. Based on this, implications for prevention & treatment are presented. (30 refs.) JA