Montevideo, Argentina
Montevideo, Argentina

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The authors from the University of Montevideo (Uruguay) have investigated defence phenomena associated with aggression both in externalising and internalising syndromes. Miller analyses 57 psycho-diagnostic processes in under-fives with primary behaviour problems. She inquires whether the outward aggression normally advanced as the reason for the consultation is an expression of destructiveness in these children, or whether they are using aggressive behaviour as an attempt to regulate their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Different qualitative «types» of aggression are drawn upon as indicators for differential diagnosis («oppositional defiant disorder», «masked depression») and psychotherapeutic interventions.

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