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(1950). Journal of Social Casework. XXX, 1949: Emotional Problems of Displaced Children. Editha Sterba. Pp. 175–181.. Psychoanal Q., 19:140-141.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of Social Casework. XXX, 1949: Emotional Problems of Displaced Children. Editha Sterba. Pp. 175–181.

(1950). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 19:140-141

Journal of Social Casework. XXX, 1949: Emotional Problems of Displaced Children. Editha Sterba. Pp. 175–181.

This is an interesting report on twenty-five displaced persons between the ages of fifteen and twenty who had been sent to concentration camps in prepuberty or puberty, and who were often the sole survivors of the family or village. Their depression and hopelessness are viewed as a reaction to the loss of the mother, which was usually repressed and never really accepted. Their demanding and aggressive behavior is an expression of their hate for the Nazis which had to be repressed at the time in order for them to survive. It

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could only come out later toward the social agencies caring for them when they once again felt safe enough to show their real feelings. Comparison with younger children between three and four described by Anna Freud and Dorothy Burlingham showed a striking similarity.

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(1950). Journal of Social Casework. XXX, 1949. Psychoanal. Q., 19:140-141

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