The Psychoanalytical Study of the Child

Articles from Vol. 66, 2012

Aggression and Impulse Control in the Analysis of a Young Boy
The analysis of a young boy with aggressive, impulsive problems is reported with an emphasis on technique. The step-by-step analytic work is reported to highlight the gradual emergence of the underlying function, determinants, and developmental context...
Childhood Mourning: An Impossible Desire in Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die
In Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die, protagonist Meg Chalmers appears unser than her thirteen years, able to handle such painful crises as her sisters death to leukemia, moving to a new town in the middle of a school year, and witnessing the birth of her...
Commentary on Victoria Todd's Paper: "Saving the Treatment: Affect Intolerance in a Boy, His Parents, the Mental Health Community, and His Analyst"
Ms. Todd's paper illustrates both the value of the analytic frame and the relevance of a flexible approach in response to the external reality. In this case, the impingement of the outside environment became an ongoing threat to the analysts thinking...
Discussion of Victoria Todd's Paper: "Saving the Treatment: Affect Intolerance in a Boy, His Parents, the Mental Health Community, and His Analyst"
D. W. Winnicott wrote, "One analyst cannot have enough cases to cover all contingencies. ..." (1958, p. 123). He was referring to the fact that any one analyst has a relatively small number of cases at any one time or even over a lifetime. He was talking...
Helping a Boy with Chronic Medical Problems Get on Friendly Terms with His Body and Puberty
"My mom wants me to shave off my facial hair, but I like it. I think it makes me look mature, " said sixteen-year-old Alex as he proudly stroked the crop of hairs sprouting from his chin. I was speechless. Why ? Because for years I had heard about all...
Iatrogenic Trauma Masquerading as Autistic Spectrum Disorder: The Use of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Overcoming a Persistent Developmental Interference in a Four-Year-Old Boy
A four-year-old child, thought to be autistic, emerged from his illness and returned to normal development via the working-through of his early traumatic medical experience.INTRODUCTIONb. was a four-year-old boy who first became a concern due to difficulties...
Integrating the Therapeutic into the Developmental in Treating Disturbed Adolescents
This clinical study is organized around the treatment of a ¿ate adolescent who feared suiciding impulsively during an immobilizing depression and who proceeded to develop other severe symptoms. Yet he steadfastly refused to take medication and objected...
"I Want to Be All Gone": Psychoanalysis of a Three-Year-Old Failure-to-Thrive Child
A three-year-old child said to me, "I want to be all gone." Because this very young child had the capacity to talk about and demonstrate her internal world, this case offered the opportunity to explore both her life-threatening symptoms and the underlying...
Mum's the Word: Are We Becoming Silent on Masturbation?
This paper explores the trend in contemporary child analytic technique away from addressing material related to masturbation. The author invites reconsideration of the value of timely, tactful exploration of a child's impulses, fantasies, and related...
Saving the Treatment: Affect Intolerance in a Boy, His Parents, the Mental Health Community, and His Analyst
Psychoanalytic thinkers have been writing about children's struggles with affect for many years (E. Furman, 1956; Katan, 1973; Chused, 1999; Gilmore, 2005). They have reported on mothers' inability to provide containment and fathers' use of physical...
The Hampstead Clinic at Work: Discussions in the Diagnostic Profile Research Group
Minutes of the Hampstead Clinics Diagnostic Profile Research Group during a fifteen-month period (1964-1965) are reviewed and discussed. A wide range of topics were considered and discussed, with a special focus on the affective life, object relations,...
The Scent of the Other
While there are many exchanges that take place during our early development, some have a more profound impact on our developmental trajectory than others. In the milieu of a disturbed mother-child dyad, what becomes of self and other object representations?...
The Use of the Computer and the Internet in Child Psychoanalysis
The revolution in communications has affected society at large and psychoanalysis in particular and, in this article, child analysis as well. A technically advanced nine-year-old Korean girl chose to use the computer and the Internet as her ways of revealing...
Treating Children with Affect Dysregulation: Discussion of Dr. Wendy Olesker's Analysis of Matt
This paper is a discussion of Dr. Wendy Olesker's sensitive analytic treatment of an impulsive, affectively dysregulated, preschool child. Drawing on her knowledge and understanding of developmental interference, trauma, and conflict, Dr. Olesker uses...
Why Aren't We Curious about Nannies?
This paper is an exploration of a topic whose specific intrapsychic significance has remained relatively unformulated in the psychoanalytic literature. Though nannies (that is, caregivers whose job it is to care for children at home in their parents'...
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