From War Babies to Grandmothers: Forty-Eight Years in Psychoanalysis

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CHAPTER NINE
Assessment of analysability illustrated by the case of an adolescent patient

O nce the diagnostic assessments of a personality and its psychopathology have been completed, the next step in our diagnostic procedure aims at making a decision regarding the therapeutic intervention most indicated at the present stage. Where we reach the conclusion that psychoanalysis is indicated, the problem of the patient's capacity to make favourable use of this form of treatment poses itself.

Assessment of analysability or treatability has to take into account the presence of factors deriving from all parts of the personality structure. It is the combination of factors and their interplay that present the main problems of evaluation and point to the roles the pathological versus the intact

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Reprinted from Bulletin of the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis ( 1964):14; Bulletin of the Hampstead Clinic ( 1978), 1:65-73.

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