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Riviere, J. (1927). Symposium on Child-Analysis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 8:370-377.

(1927). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 8:370-377

Symposium on Child-Analysis

Joan Riviere




With the publication recently of Anna Freud's book on this question, it appears that a considerable divergence of opinion exists among analysts with regard to both theory and practice in analysis of children. Consequently it seems desirable that the problems should be discussed and ventilated fully, even by those who do not practise analysis of children; particularly since some of the points brought forward are theoretically of quite fundamental importance for psycho-analytical knowledge. Much of the knowledge of the human mind which psycho-analysis represents would seem to me invalidated and disproved if some of the recent propositions with regard to the analysis of children are held to be true and justifiable. In my remarks I shall deal with one or two of these points only.

Anna Freud's views about the necessity of mingling the analysis of


1 Held before the British Psycho-Analytical Society, May 4 and 18, 1927.

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