Integrating child and adolescent psychotherapy with male neurobiology: Regulation-focused psychotherapy for children

Timothy R. Rice, Leon Hoffman

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Abstract

Regulation Focused Psychotherapy for Children (RFP-C) is presented as an intervention tailored to the underlying neurobiology of men's common mental health problems. To explore this statement, the concepts of implicit emotion regulation and its parallels with defense mechanisms are developed. The procedure of the approach is sketched and a clinical vignette demonstrates its applicability to the common presentation of externalizing behaviors and reactive aggression in boys. The externalizing behaviors and aggressions of male children are understood as maladaptive products of an underdeveloped implicit emotion regulation system. Implications for the creation of a therapeutic approach developed in relation to the neurobiology of men is presented as a transition into the following two chapters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeurobiology of Men's Mental Health
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages87-94
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781634832175
ISBN (Print)9781634831918
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • Implicit emotion regulation
  • Men's mental health
  • Psychotherapy

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