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Sharpe, E.F. (1946). The Psycho-Analytical Treatment of Children: By Anna Freud. (Imago Publishing Co. Ltd., London, 1946. Pp. 98. Price 10 s. 6 d.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 27:156-158.

(1946). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 27:156-158

The Psycho-Analytical Treatment of Children: By Anna Freud. (Imago Publishing Co. Ltd., London, 1946. Pp. 98. Price 10 s. 6 d.)

Review by:
Ella Freeman Sharpe

This book, preceded by an author's preface, consists of three parts. Part I comprises a lecture course given in 1926 before the Vienna Institute of Psycho-Analysis. Part II amplifies the subject-matter treated in the preceding lectures and was read as a paper at the Tenth International Psycho-Analytical Congress in Innsbruck, 1927. Part III attempts to summarie advances in understanding and evaluation of the infantile neurosis made by the author in the intervening nineteen years of experience. The book therefore represents aspects of Miss Freud's work from 1926, and the changes in or modifications of her views together with a statement of those which remain unaltered.

First Lecture. In this Miss Freud discusses the advisability of an introductory phase in the analysis of children, but she has since modified her views in the light of modern developments. Through further study of the ways and means to penetrate the first resistances in the analysis of children, she now considers the introductory phase can be shortened or rendered unnecessary. The essential details of six analyses of children are given, illustrating the work of the introductory phase.

Second Lecture. This lecture deals with 'The Methods of Children's Analysis'. The author gives details of the methods she employs and they are substantially those she employs to-day. The child analyst must, whatever the inaccuracies, hear the child's story from the parents.

Dream interpretation is as useful with children as with adults.

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