Adolescent aggression and imagery: Contributions from object relations and social cognitive theory

Chris J. Lennings*

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Abstract

Object relations and social cognitive theory can be combined with the use of imagery in a self-control program with aggressive adolescents. Object relations provide a rationale for merging fantasy and reality processes while social cognitive theory (and its operationalization through cognitive behavioral therapy) provides a general framework in which behavioral and cognitive change techniques are utilized. This is embedded in a developmental paradigm that promotes the integration of the past, present, and future as a means of encouraging developmental maturity and identity. A case study demonstrates how the elaborated procedure of imagery manipulation can effectively alter behavior in a relatively brief time. While concerns remain regarding the amalgamation of psychodynamic and cognitive theories, the theories can give rise to a judicious blending of techniques that appear to have good effect in the case described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-840
Number of pages10
JournalAdolescence
Volume31
Issue number124
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes

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