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(1959). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 12, 1957: Nathan N. Root, M.D. (New York). 'A Neurosis in Adolescence.' Pp. 320–334.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 40:372-373.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 12, 1957: Nathan N. Root, M.D. (New York). 'A Neurosis in Adolescence.' Pp. 320–334.

(1959). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 40:372-373

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 12, 1957: Nathan N. Root, M.D. (New York). 'A Neurosis in Adolescence.' Pp. 320–334.

A case is presented of a girl who developed anxiety neurosis and masochistic depressive character neurosis, following her marriage at the age of 17. Just prior to the menarche this patient suffered the traumatic loss of her mother in an accident. The analytic process brought into relief the patient's need to mourn which she had unconsciously denied. The material is used to throw light on the normal maturational progress during adolescence as one of detachment from infantile libidinal positions involving the process of mourning. The mechanism of denial of both inner and outer reality may readily be called upon during this period with resultant damaging effects upon the maturational development of the ego. An outstanding feature of this patient was the blurred and vague nature of her emotional reactions, resulting from superego

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mastery. Denial plays a relatively more important role in states of actual or relative 'weakness' of the ego, when its maintenance may lead to ego splitting. The effect on ego functioning is more disastrous in a period of great lability and growth of the ego such as adolescence.

During the course of analysis of adults even when no special feature (such as the death of the mother in this case) highlights the period of adolescence, which may then appear relatively quiescent, a careful study of this period should none the less be undertaken lest valuable information be lost.

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(1959). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 12, 1957. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 40:372-373

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