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Spitz, R.A. Wolf, K.M. (1946). Anaclitic Depression—An Inquiry Into the Genesis of Psychiatric Conditions in Early Childhood, Ii. Psychoanal. St. Child, 2:313-342.

(1946). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 2:313-342

Anaclitic Depression—An Inquiry Into the Genesis of Psychiatric Conditions in Early Childhood, Ii

René A. Spitz, M.D. and Katherine M. Wolf, Ph.D.


A. A psychiatric syndrome of a depressive nature is observed in a series of infants and classified as anaclitic depression.

B. Its etiology is related to a loss of the love object, combined with a total inhibition of attempts at restitution through the help of the body ego acting on anaclitic lines.

C. Prophylaxis and treatment is suggested on the basis of these structural and dynamic findings.

D. Some of the results of such treatment are reported.

E. Theoretical assumptions concerning melancholia are discussed.

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