Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, and the Psychoanalysis of Children and Adolescents

Author(s) : Alex Holder

Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, and the Psychoanalysis of Children and Adolescents

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The central theme of this book is concerned with the controversies on technique between Anna Freud and Melanie Klein in the 1920s and 1930s, and with a clear differentiation between child analysis proper and analytical child psychotherapy. Alex Holder takes into account the historic background in which child psychoanalysis developed, especially World War II and the Nazi regime in Germany. The author also looks at the way child psychoanalysis developed in specific institutions, such as the Hampstead Child Therapy Course in London, and in specific areas, such as the spread of child analysis in the US. The concluding chapter is on the importance of knowledge of child analysis among psychoanalysts working with adults. The differences in the theories of the two "greats" in child analysis, Anna Freud and Melanie Klein, are examined one by one, including such concepts as the role of transference, the Oedipus complex and the superego.

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'[This book] will appeal to child psychotherapists, child psychoanalysts, students, and professional colleagues form the variety of disciplines that are involved in the management, care, and treatment of children and adolescents. The reader will find that Alex Holder has quoted directly from the most salient papers on the subject of child psychoanalysis. His commitment to presenting the relevant quotes gives the reader an opportunity to engage directly with the material. Alex Holder's book will become a classic text on child psychoanalysis and will be indispensable for teachers and trainers for generations to come.'
- Donald Campbell, from the Foreword

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Alex Holder trained in London at the Anna Freud Center and the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is a member of the German Psychoanalytical Association and heads the Department for Analytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Michael Balint Institute in Hamburg. He is also the Editor of the Bulletin of the European Psychoanalytical Federation.

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