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Friedman, L.H. (1985). Beating Fantasies in a Latency Girl: Their Role in Female Sexual Development. Psychoanal Q., 54:569-596.

(1985). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 54:569-596

Beating Fantasies in a Latency Girl: Their Role in Female Sexual Development

Lester H. Friedman, M.D.


Detailed clinical material is presented from the analysis of a latency girl whose inner life revolved around a series of beating fantasies. The clinical data support Freud's 1925 formulation that the perception of sexual differences initiates the oedipus complex in the girl. Whether a girl experiences vaginal sensations before puberty has been a controversial issue; in this girl vaginal sensations and contractions appeared prior to puberty.

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