(1963). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 18:159-194
A year or two ago a number of analysts and psychotherapists working on the Hampstead Index were faced with the need to create a workable classification of observed clinical relating to the concept as it was developed by Freud and in subsequent psychoanalytic writings. This led to a formulation of the ; which stressed, among other things, its function as a source of well- and self-esteem, and its general role in the regulation of narcissistic supplies. On the basis of these formulations and their interaction with actual clinical observations recorded in the Index, it became clear that one of the main mechanisms used by certain children to deal with lowered narcissistic of was the creation of in which the could restore his diminished self-esteem through the creation of and satisfying situations in which he played a central
The investigation reported here has been aided by a joint grant from the Foundations' Fund for Research in Psychiatry, New Haven, Connecticut, and the Psychoanalytic Research and Fund, Inc., New York.
The used has been collected at the Hampstead -Therapy Clinic, a therapeutic and research center financed by the following foundations: The Field Foundation, Inc., New York; The Ford Foundation, New York; The Foundations' Fund for Research in Psychiatry, New Haven, Connecticut; The Foundation, New York; The Grant Foundation, Inc., New York; The Estate of Flora Haas, New York; The Old Dominion Foundation, U.S.A.; The Psychoanalytic Research and Fund, Inc., New York; The Taconic Foundation, New York.
The research group of the Hampstead Index includes the following psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and students: Mrs. L. Neurath, Mrs. M. Kawenoka, Mrs. H. Kennedy, M. Goldblatt, Professor I. Janis, Miss S. Baker, Miss A. Schnurman, A. Holder, Miss E. First, D. Meers, H. Nagera, and J. Sandler.
This paper was presented at a meeting of the British Psycho-Analytical , on 6 June, 1962, and formed the basis for a contribution to the Symposium on at the 23rd Psycho-Analytical Congress, Stockholm, July, 1963.