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Frenkel, R.S. (1996). Oedipal and Preoedipal Transference Transformations: Comments on the Analysis of a Latency-Age Boy. Psychoanal. St. Child, 51:326-347.

(1996). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 51:326-347

Oedipal and Preoedipal Transference Transformations: Comments on the Analysis of a Latency-Age Boy

Rhoda S. Frenkel, M.D.

The critical importance of both oedipal and preoedipal unconscious conflicts in child and adult analysis as these conflicts unfold through the transference is documented using analytic process data. Evidence is provided that demonstrates the equal relevance of these psychic conflicts and their continuous interactions. The concept of transference transformations is proposed to explain these and later psychic conflicts that are resolved through the mutative interpretations unique to psychoanalysis. Extensive clinical data from the analysis of a latency-age boy are presented in support of this thesis. Thus, transference neurosis that arises from the infantile neurosis, the structural residue of the Oedipus complex, would be subsumed within the group of transference transformations. This concept eliminates the obligation to emphasize one developmental phase over another.

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