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(1960). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VI, 1958: The Importance of Characteristics of the Parents in Deciding on Child Analysis. Isidor Bernstein. Pp. 71-78.. Psychoanal Q., 29:425.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VI, 1958: The Importance of Characteristics of the Parents in Deciding on Child Analysis. Isidor Bernstein. Pp. 71-78.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:425

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VI, 1958: The Importance of Characteristics of the Parents in Deciding on Child Analysis. Isidor Bernstein. Pp. 71-78.

Bernstein reviews the differences between child and adult in what we require and expect in analysis. The parents must take over some of the ego functions of the child during treatment. Because of the parents' role throughout the child's analysis, it is important to assess their psychological character. Bernstein discusses the psychological characteristics that indicate the ability of the parents to coöperate sufficiently with the treatment to give reasonable chance of success. The parents must be able to recognize the conflict and suffering in the child in order to tolerate the narcissistic injury of admitting the need for the therapist's help, have desire for the child's recovery greater than any neurotic gratification from the illness, detach themselves sufficiently from the child so as to report objectively and coöperate with recommendations, and value the analysis enough to endure the deprivations involved.

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(1960). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VI, 1958. Psychoanal. Q., 29:425

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