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Leonard, M.R. (1959). Fear of Walking in a Two-And-A-Half-Year-Old Girl. Psychoanal Q., 28:29-39.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:29-39

Fear of Walking in a Two-And-A-Half-Year-Old Girl

Marjorie R. Leonard


A bright infant girl developed a phobia of standing or walking following an accident which caused a greenstick fracture of a bone in one leg. Her anxiety is related to the birth of a brother. A loving family environment gave her the reassurance she needed, but inhibited in her the sufficient expression of her hostile impulses. The total effect was a partial regression. Minimal therapy effected a symptomatic cure.

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