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, 48 (4), 1467-89

Separation-individuation Phenomena in Adulthood: General Concepts and the Fifth Individuation

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Separation-individuation Phenomena in Adulthood: General Concepts and the Fifth Individuation

C A Colarusso. J Am Psychoanal Assoc.

Abstract

The elaboration of separation-individuation theory in the years beyond childhood has been a psychoanalytic focus for several decades. In this paper, the nature of separation-individuation phenomena in adulthood and the terminology and controversy surrounding the use of the terms third, fourth, and fifth individuation are considered first; a detailed elaboration of the concept of the fifth individuation in late adulthood follows.

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