Understanding Play in the Treatment of an Encopretic Boy

Author: Drake, Danille

Source: Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, Volume 22, Number 2, April 2005 , pp. 229-242(14)

Publisher: Springer

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Abstract:

This paper provides a clinical illustration of the symbolic use of play in the treatment of an encopretic boy of eight. The historical and contemporary literature relating to both play and to encopresis are reviewed. Process material and case formulation are presented to provide examples of the way in which intrapsychic conflict is interpreted.

Keywords: Encopresis; Symbolic play

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10560-005-3419-6

Affiliations: Baltimore-Washington Institute and Society for Psychoanalysis Clinical Social Work Institute, Washington, DC, USA, Email: ddrakemsw@aol.com

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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