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Build itself parent of child mental defective Social and subjective imaginary meanings

Abstract : The handicap challenges the parental project in its psychic and social dimensions: the continuity of oneself through his/her child is largely thwarted: the narcissistic benefits of the parenthood are not met, and the expected change of status of a social advancement reverses in social decline. The parent then starts a deep psychic and social reshuffling. A self- image and an identity are to be rebuilt, to try to mobilize a prominent social signification: a good parent responsible for his child. It is at the heart of the subject, its history, its identifications, the psychic, representative and emotional conflict, towards the non-desired object that the parent tries to build this good parent who takes care of his handicapped child. The analysis concerns, at first, associations which were created in the middle of the last century and which then merged in an important federation of associations managing establishments for the mentally handicapped, the UNAPEI. These associations were the melting pot of the construction of a collective identity. One sees, through a socio-historical analysis, the signification of the good parent loving his child will constitute an helpful and salutary image for the stripped parent. In a second time, the analysis of individual interviews highlights how the figure of a good social parent, loving and responsible which weaves the now dominant imaginary significance allows the parent, to find a way to rebuild itself in a possible conflict which does not assign him to a non-desired, a rejected or an impossible to invest in parenthood.
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Alain Minet. Build itself parent of child mental defective Social and subjective imaginary meanings. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Univeristé Denis Diderot Paris 7, 2015. Français. ⟨tel-01913036⟩

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