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Ritvo, S. Rosenbaum, A.L. (1983). Reanalysis of Child Analytic Patients. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 31:677-688.

(1983). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 31:677-688

Reanalysis of Child Analytic Patients

Samuel Ritvo, M.D. and Arthur L. Rosenbaum, M.D.

THE PANELISTS AGREED, prior to the presentations, that the title of the panel should be: "Reanalysis in Adulthood of People Analyzed as Children."

Samuel Ritvo spoke of the novelty of the topic. To his knowledge, the only other occasion a similar subject was discussed was at the International Psycho-Analytical Congress in Amsterdam in 1965. At that meeting, Ritvo discussed the case of Frankie, whom he had treated as a young adult and who had been analyzed as a child by Berta Bornstein.

He introduced the panelists: Sylvia Brody would discuss the analysis of a seven-year-old child that had been reported in her book on Passivity; Robert L. Tyson, would present his thoughts about the analysis of the same patient, at age twenty-eight; Malkah Notman would talk about the analysis of a young woman in her twenties who had been treated as a child, beginning in her ninth year; Arthur Rosenbaum would discuss the analysis of a young man in his twenties whom he had previously treated between the ages of twelve to seventeen.

Ritvo divided the questions raised by this kind of material into categories, acknowledging that none could be considered in isolation without the subjective elements each psychoanalyst brings to the analytic process.

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