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Harrison, A.M. (2005). INFANT RESEARCH AND ADULT TREATMENT: CO-CONSTRUCTING INTERACTIONS. By Beatrice Beebe and Frank M. Lachmann. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 2002. 232 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 74(3):899-905.

(2005). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 74(3):899-905

INFANT RESEARCH AND ADULT TREATMENT: CO-CONSTRUCTING INTERACTIONS. By Beatrice Beebe and Frank M. Lachmann. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 2002. 232 pp.

Review by:
Alexandra Murray Harrison

The richness and complexity of this book make it a pleasure to read and a challenge to review. The overall objective of this ambitious volume is to “explicate the value of infant research and a systems view for psychoanalysis” (p. 232). The authors organize the book into a review of the relevant infant research and the delineation of a dyadic systems model, derived from infant research and illustrated with clinical cases of adult psychoanalytic patients.

Beebe and Lachmann succeed in many important ways, particularly in their comprehensive review of the literature on infant research and in their presentation of a sophisticated and meticulously crafted systems model of developmental and therapeutic dyadic processes. In fact, the excellent review of the infant research literature provides a concise summary for the expert in the field, as well as a superb introduction to the reader interested in developmental psychology and the relevance of new findings in this field to the practicing psychoanalyst. Although the authors make major strides, an integration of infant research and adult psychoanalysis remains elusive.

The authors' dyadic systems model builds upon a secure foundation in infant research. A central element of this model is Louis Sander's set of concepts about the generation of agency in the infant–caregiver relationship through self and interactive regulatory processes. The model is presented in concise form in chapter 2, and is elaborated in relation both to research data and to clinical cases in the chapters that follow.

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