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Containment and beneficence in psychoanalytically informed social work research

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posted on 2022-06-08, 10:55 authored by Archard Philip, Michelle O'Reilly

This article adds to literature addressing research beneficence from a psychoanalytic perspective, providing reflections focussing on notions of containment and container-contained dynamics as derived from the Kleinian/post-Kleinian tradition of psychoanalysis. It does so by reference to the accounts of participants in a study which explored how professionals working in local authority children’s services in England experience the suffering of parents. In this research, a psychoanalytically informed interview approach was used, and space was provided for participants to reflect on the experience of participation. The variable representation of this experience is considered along with the experience of the researcher carrying out the interviews. Questions are raised about using the language of containment in the context of this research approach and whether this may say more about a researcher’s desire to be helpful to participants and less about participants’ actual experiences (and a genuinely psychoanalytically based understanding of them).

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Author affiliation

School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Social Work and Social Sciences Review: an internal journal of applied research

Volume

22

Issue

3

Pagination

28-47

Publisher

Whiting and Birch

issn

0953-5225

Acceptance date

2021-11-16

Copyright date

2022

Language

en

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