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Hellman, I. (1963). Adolescents: Psychoanalytic Approach to Problems and Therapy: Edited by Sandor Lorand and Henry I. Schneer. (New York: Harper/Hoeber, 1961. Pp. 380. $8.50.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 44:514.
(1963). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 44:514
Adolescents: Psychoanalytic Approach to Problems and Therapy: Edited by Sandor Lorand and Henry I. Schneer. (New York: Harper/Hoeber, 1961. Pp. 380. $8.50.)
Review by: Ilse Hellman
Sandor Lorand and Henry Schneer have brought together a cross-section of theory and its clinical application widely accepted among psycho-analysts today. The book, Adolescents, has an important part to play and no easy task to solve. One of its roles lies in facilitating access to the work of psycho-analysts and making it available to those who are concerned with adolescents in educational or therapeutic work, but for whom access to the relevant papers, published mostly in periodicals, is difficult.
The book has grown from a series of lectures given at the State University of New York and planned for residents in psychiatry, but attended also by other workers in the field. This in itself may seem remarkable to readers in countries where psycho-analytic teaching as part of a medical training programme at a University is as yet unknown.
Among the nineteen contributors the names of many who are well known for their work with adolescents are included, and it is clear that all the authors have rich clinical experience with this age group. Papers whose authors bring an original approach stand out, but in the context of a book that aims at giving a picture of most aspects of adolescence the value of papers in which the well-known basic problems are summarized and illustrated is equally important.
Although only two papers deal explicitly with therapy, the whole range of difficulties encountered in analysis with patients between puberty and adulthood unfolds throughout the chapters. Specially interesting technical considerations are to be found in Marjorie Harley's paper on cases with premature genital stimulation, as well as in Selma Fraiberg's discussion of the problem of passivity in the analysis of a boy.
The editors' aim of providing a book that can serve as a basis for teaching has been fulfilled, and the papers open up the way towards study of the many phenomena by which adolescence manifests itself. It also draws attention to those areas where further study is specially needed.
Lorand's question, 'Should adolescents be analysed at all?' can be answered more and more effectively as psycho-analytic understanding and experience increase. There are by now many analysts whose studies show the positive value and success of adolescent analysis, not only where immediate therapeutic intervention is necessary but even more so from the angle of prevention.
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