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MacLeod, J. (1990). Chapter 12: Discussion of the Papers with Comments on Acting Out and Enactment. Child and Adolescent Analysis: Its Significance for Clinical Work with Adults, 169-179.

MacLeod, J. (1990). Chapter 12: Discussion of the Papers with Comments on Acting Out and Enactment. Child and Adolescent Analysis: Its Significance for Clinical Work with Adults , 169-179

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John MacLeod, M.D.

The scope of the Workshop papers is beyond a summary; the richness of the material can be alluded to but not recaptured. Therefore, my effort will be to highlight points of special interest, refresh our memories, and pose questions. Finally, I will go over some ideas regarding acting out and enactment which I believe are clarifying.

Not being trained in work with children or adolescents, I've had a learning experience reading these papers. Although I have had general impressions about the contribution that work with children and adolescents has made to my work with adults, all of the papers have, each in its own way, put these contributions into words, enabling me to have a clearer understanding of their place in work with adults. The papers are uniformly rich in ideas and clinical experience, with surprisingly little overlap. The clinical material has been generous, allowing us an open, closer view of work with children, adolescents, and families.

Several of the papers included case studies of adults who

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