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Kaufman, A.M. (1990). The Role of Fantasy in the Treatment of a Severely Disturbed Child. Psychoanal. St. Child, 45:235-256.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 45:235-256

The Role of Fantasy in the Treatment of a Severely Disturbed Child

Adele M. Kaufman, M.S.


This case study demonstrates the psychodynamic role of a system of fantasies that dominated the emotional life of a severely disturbed child. Transformations in these fantasies revealed her development of a more stable sense of reality and the capacity for object relations.

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