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Schiff, E.J. (1987). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child: Volume 39. Edited by A. Solnit, R. Eissler, P. Neubauer. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1984. Pp. 665.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 68:146-148.

(1987). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 68:146-148

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child: Volume 39. Edited by A. Solnit, R. Eissler, P. Neubauer. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1984. Pp. 665.

Review by:
Edward J. Schiff

A major force in the original concept of this annual volume, a founding editor (along with Heinz Hartmann and Ernst Kris), and a highly original contributor for many years, was Anna Freud, to whom we are all very much indebted for her original and unique contributions to the science of psychoanalysis. The several volumes of her collected papers include the numerous articles which first appeared in this annual.

While it is only fitting that Volume 39 (1984) is a memorial to Anna Freud (who died in 1982 at the age of 87), in a sense every volume from Volume I to the current one and into the foreseeable future will bear the stamp of Anna Freud's originality, freshness and vision. She has reinforced many of the basic concepts of psychoanalysis, following her father's lead, upon which not just ego psychology, but the entire body of scientific psychoanalysis, is based.

Five essays are specific memorials to Anna Freud, but in most of the remaining articles as well there are either direct references to Anna Freud or at the very least, echoes of her major contributions to the understanding of the development of the child.

Four of these five memorial papers concentrate on one or another of Anna Freud's major contributions to psychoanalysis. Peter Neubauer focuses on her concept of developmental lines, adding that her concept of 'the sequence of the evolving ego apparatus and its conflict-free functions contributed to some understanding of the sequences of the aggressive drives'. A further important aspect of her work on developmental lines was to integrate her concepts with the larger body of metapsychology, and her emphasis on progression of development (based on observations) helped to refine clinical issues and provide clear direction for future research.

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