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Karush, R.K. (1998). The Use of Dream Analysis in the Treatment of a Nine-year-old Obsessional Boy. Psychoanal. St. Child, 53:199-211.

(1998). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 53:199-211

The Use of Dream Analysis in the Treatment of a Nine-year-old Obsessional Boy

Ruth K. Karush, M.D.

In children, as in adults, dreams offer a direct access to the unconscious. The analysis of dreams in the psychoanalytic treatment of children is, however, a neglected area. The work that a 9-year-old boy did with his dreams during the course of his two-and-a-half-year analysis is presented to demonstrate how helpful dream analysis can be in elucidating conflict and defense in the child patient. With children, the responsibility for inquiring about dreams rests with the analyst. The associations a child has to his or her dreams are as useful as an adult's.

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