Sibling Matters: A Psychoanalytic, Developmental, and Systemic Approach

Editor : Debbie Hindle, Editor : Susan Sherwin-White

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Sibling Matters: A Psychoanalytic, Developmental, and Systemic Approach

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This original book gives a timely exploration of the importance of sibling relationships from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It presents for the first time an account of the work on brothers and sisters by Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein and Anna Freud, whose pioneering and vital work on sibling issues has not been systematically examined before. It also explores the important contributions to our understanding of siblings from developmental research, systemic therapy and attachment theory. Through infant observation and clinical work with children and young people, the book reveals the ways in which sibling relationships can be illuminated by these different perspectives. The book aims to stress the importance of multi-disciplinary thinking and to encourage further an interface between psychoanalytic thinking and other disciplines. It is a must for clinicians and other professionals working with children and families and of interest too to the general reader.

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‘The editors have succeeded in their self-appointed task to, as they say in the Endpiece, bring together theory, research, and clinical work. They themselves and their chosen contributors more than fulfil this task—a difficult one, to say the least. To marshal and integrate what, from the outside, look like very disparate ways of thinking, to bring together the outer and the inner worlds of these complex relationships, is a huge achievement. Research and clinical work are not always easy bedfellows, but the editors’ commitment to good practice sings through their own extensive contributions and those of their chosen authors with compelling force and professionalism.’
— Margot Waddell from the Foreword

About the Editor(s)

Debbie Hindle is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She was Head of the Clinical Training in Child Psychotherapy at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in Edinburgh and worked clinically in a specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Glasgow for children who were fostered or adopted. She has published extensively.

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Susan Sherwin-White, who died in 2016, enjoyed two careers, the first as an academic ancient (Hellenistic) historian with many publications, including (with A. Kuhrt) From Samarkand to Sardis: A New Approach to the Seleucid Empire (London: Duckworth, 1993). She then trained as a child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic from the mid-1980s. She was until her recent retirement from the NHS a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Child Psychotherapy Lead at Hammersmith and Fulham CAMHS in the West London NHS Mental Health Trust. She was at various times Chair of the Association of Child Psychotherapists and its Chair of Ethics. She taught on Freud for many years at the Tavistock Clinic for the Observational Studies course. She published a number of clinical papers on child and adolescent issues. Most recently she co-edited with Debbie Hindle, Sibling Matters: A Psychoanalytic, Developmental and Systemic Approach (Tavistock Clinic Series, Karnac, 2014) to which she contributed chapters on Freud and Klein.

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