The adult is parent to the child: transactional analysis with children and young people

TUDOR Keith, (ed.)
Russell House
Publication year:
284p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Lyme Regis

Transactional analysis (TA) is a well-established and evolving way of understanding what happens between and within people. Comprehensive and helpful, this volume: shows how TA can be used with children and young people across a range of settings; brings a contemporary view of TA to those who specialise in its use, in ways that will be especially useful for those working with this specific population; explains the possibilities of TA to a wider audience, including parents, educators, health care professionals and others whose work focuses on the lives, well-being, care and treatment of children and young people. A very useful introduction presents TA in ways that allow anyone who works with children and young people to see how TA can assist both their own work and work they do in partnership with therapists. It acts as a reference point for the book as a whole. It covers fundamental concepts - ego states (which describe personality), transactions (which offer a way of thinking about relationships), games (how people confirm relational patterns), scripts (how people create identity) - and introduces two others that are of particular relevance to working with children: a model for systemic assessment, and a note on contracts and contracting. The adult is parent to the child then goes on to show how the child or young person cannot be understood outside of the context of their environment, provides a range of opportunities to consider the role of TA in therapeutic practice with them, and explores and explains continuing developments in various elements of TA theory.

Subject terms:
parents, therapies, therapy and treatment, training, young people, adults, children;
ISBN print:
978 1 905541 17 1

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