In her latest work, Krystufek appears to be looking into the roots of a critical period of psychosexual development
, the passage from childhood to adolescence.
Although fathers might also be expected to have an impact on a daughter's psychosexual development
, few studies have addressed this issue despite anecdotal evidence suggesting that fathers can have a considerable effect on a young woman's self-esteem and on her eventual choice of men.
Freud had previously suggested that children progress through several stages of what he called psychosexual development
, including a period in which boys have to resolve an Oedipal complex marked by sexual desire for the mother and rivalrous hatred of the father.
Theories of psychosexual development
have identified some universal psychological characteristics of the male adolescents, but it is the sociocultural context which supplies the guidelines and norms for their attitudes and behavior as well as their families.
For individuals who have been mentally ill since childhood or adolescence, normative psychosexual development
may have been arrested so that they cannot maintain normal social and sexual relationships (Carmen & Brady, 1990).
Interviews are conducted and reports are created based on developmental factors such as social/family history, psychosexual development
, education, military and work history, and marital status.