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Some Effects of Pregnancy and Childbirth on Men

Some Effects of Pregnancy and Childbirth on Men SOME EFFECTS : OF PREGNANCY AND i WILBUR JARVIS, M.D. CHILDBIRTH ON MEN : HERE IS A fairly extensive literature on the meaning and the effect of pregnancy and childbirth on women but almost no T reference to their effects on men. Freud (1, 2) has described pregnancy fantasies in the male, and others such as Ruth Mack- Brunswick (4) have written briefly about this. Jacobson (3) has taken the wish for a child in boys as the starting point for a more detailed article, in which the main emphasis is on the preoedipal material. I would like to suggest that childbirth always has a psychological effect on the father. Fatherhood should be included in the great universal biological occurrences of mankind-and which of them does not have its varied psychic concomitants? Marriage itself mirrors in some respects the attempts at reso- lution of both preoedipal and oedipal conflicts. We are often struck by how precisely its meaning corresponds to the playing out of old infantile fantasies and how much it may reveal of a person’s earlier psychic structure and function. The more nearly genital primacy has been established, the more normal we con- sider the marital situation. This http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association SAGE

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SAGE
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Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0003-0651
eISSN
1941-2460
DOI
10.1177/000306516201000404
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14041890
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Abstract

SOME EFFECTS : OF PREGNANCY AND i WILBUR JARVIS, M.D. CHILDBIRTH ON MEN : HERE IS A fairly extensive literature on the meaning and the effect of pregnancy and childbirth on women but almost no T reference to their effects on men. Freud (1, 2) has described pregnancy fantasies in the male, and others such as Ruth Mack- Brunswick (4) have written briefly about this. Jacobson (3) has taken the wish for a child in boys as the starting point for a more detailed article, in which the main emphasis is on the preoedipal material. I would like to suggest that childbirth always has a psychological effect on the father. Fatherhood should be included in the great universal biological occurrences of mankind-and which of them does not have its varied psychic concomitants? Marriage itself mirrors in some respects the attempts at reso- lution of both preoedipal and oedipal conflicts. We are often struck by how precisely its meaning corresponds to the playing out of old infantile fantasies and how much it may reveal of a person’s earlier psychic structure and function. The more nearly genital primacy has been established, the more normal we con- sider the marital situation. This

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Journal of the American Psychoanalytic AssociationSAGE

Published: Aug 1, 1962

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