Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: You can request more content in your language…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Would you like more of PEP’s content in your own language?  We encourage you to talk with your country’s Psychoanalytic Journals and tell them about PEP Web.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Joffe, W.G. Sandler, J. (1965). Notes on Pain, Depression, and Individuation. Psychoanal. St. Child, 20:394-424.
    

(1965). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 20:394-424

Notes on Pain, Depression, and Individuation

W. G. Joffe and Joseph Sandler, Ph.D.

I

The Depressive Reaction

In a previous study of depression in children (Sandler and Joffe, 1965), based on material from the Hampstead Index, a picture which was called the Depressive Reaction was isolated. It was characterized by a mood which was variously described by therapists as "sadness," "unhappiness" or "depression." This mood had both mental and bodily components. The child looked unhappy, had little interest in his surroundings, and appeared withdrawn, bored or listless. He had a feeling of discontent with what was offered to him and showed little capacity for pleasure. He communicated a sense of feeling rejected or unloved, and showed a readiness to turn away from disappointing objects. He was not prepared to accept help or comfort readily, and if he did respond at all, his underlying disappointment and dissatisfaction would re-emerge. He showed a tendency to regress to passive oral attitudes and behavior.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.