Anna Freud

Anna Freud (froid), 1895–1982, British psychoanalyst, b. Vienna, Austria. Continuing the work of her father, Sigmund Freud, she was a pioneer in the psychoanalysis of children. She received her training in Vienna before emigrating (1938) with her father to England, where she founded and directed a clinic for child therapy. In an influential 1937 work, she argued that the ego had an active role in resolving conflict and tension. Other psychoanalysts, including Heinz Hartmann and Erik Erikson, advanced her ideas in their own work. Her writings include Normality and Pathology in Childhood (1965) and The Writings of Anna Freud (7 vol., 1973).

See biographies by E. Young-Bruehl (1988) and R. Coles (1992); study by S. Stewart-Steinberg (2011).

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Anna Freud: Selected full-text books and articles

Infants without Families; the Case for and against Residential Nurseries By Anna Freud; Dorothy Burlingham International University Press, 1944
War and Children By Anna Freud; Dorothy T. Burlingham Medical War Books, 1943
Adolescence and Psychoanalysis: The Story and the History By Maja Perret-Catipovic; François Ladame; Philip Slotkin Karnac Books, 1998
Librarian's tip: Chap. Three "Adolescence" by Anna Freud
Personality Structure and Human Interaction: The Developing Synthesis of Psycho-Dynamic Theory By Harry Guntrip Hogarth Press, 1961
Librarian's tip: "Ego-Analysis: W. Reich and Anna Freud" begins on p. 105
Contributions to Psycho-Analysis, 1921-1945 By Melanie Klein; John D. Sutherland Hogarth Press, 1965
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Anna Freud begins on p. 152
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Developmental Theories through the Life Cycle By Sonia G. Austrian Columbia University Press, 2002
Librarian's tip: "Anna Freud" begins on p. 20
A Century of Psychiatry By Hugh Freeman Mosby, 1999
Librarian's tip: "Anna Freud & Melanie Klein" begins on p. 106
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