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Pacella, B.L. (1990). Chapter 10: A General Discussion of the Papers. Child and Adolescent Analysis: Its Significance for Clinical Work with Adults, 135-152.

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Pacella, B.L. (1990). Chapter 10: A General Discussion of the Papers. Child and Adolescent Analysis: Its Significance for Clinical Work with Adults , 135-152

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Bernard L. Pacella, M.D.

There are two important points of agreement by the authors of this volume. First, there is general agreement that child and adolescent analysis has had an impact upon psychoanalytic theory and on the technique of adult psychoanalysis. Second, observations in child analysis have been generally supportive of Freud's theories concerning the development and functioning of mental structures.

Dr. Scharfman presented a detailed historical perspective of the contributions of five child and adolescent analysts whose studies and observations have been particularly influential on psychoanalytic theory and technique during the past sixty years. The other seven panelists presented case material which clarified certain theoretical aspects of the psychoanalytic process, and/or described child analytic techniques which might be applicable to adult analysis.

Dr. Scharfman approached the topic from a historical viewpoint, observing broad historical trends and describing the cornerstones of child analysis which were set by the early major contributors. It was only after World War I that early child analysts began to publish their observations and their attempts

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