Psychological Study with Carcinoma In Situ of the Cervix Uteri
In spring of 1980 a prospective study concerning psychosomatic questions with female patients having a carcinoma in situ of the cervix uteri was conducted at the ZFG, Frankfurt/M, in cooperation with the Psychoanalytical Institute of the University. This study was schemed as a pilot study and based on the following assumptions: It is assumed that the patients have had only a reduced possibility to develop true object relationships during their early childhood (as cited by Baltrusch, Bahnson et al.). This may have been caused by the early loss of one parent or the insufficient emphatic behavior of the parents or other strong identification figures. The early parent-child relationship can be regarded as insufficient and disturbed and as a basis for the later failure of the immunological system in coping with psycho-social stress as claimed by Bahnson. According to psychoanalytical theory it is established that the development of true object relationships during early childhood plays an exceedingly important role, for the ego development as a part of the ego (or self) is a function of these relationships. Poor unsatisfactory object relationships therefore impede the adequate development of such ego functions as:
The control of impulses
Healthy defense mechanisms, etc.
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