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February 1930

Introduction to the Technic of Child Analysis.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;23(2):406-407. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220080190016

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Abstract

The monograph is a reproduction of four lectures delivered before the Vienna Psychoanalytical Society and is based on a protracted psychoanalytic study of ten children.

In the first lecture, "The Introduction to Child Analysis," the author insists that the treatment should be restricted to patients with definite infantile neuroses. She next stresses the great differences between psychoanalysis of the child and that of the adult. The adult has some knowledge of his difficulties and applies for treatment of his own accord, which is not the case with the child. The first step is to prepare the patient for analysis —to find a point of attack. While a few of the children had some desire to correct undesirable traits and fell easily into rapport, the majority had no desire to make friends and some were openly antagonistic. In these difficult cases, Anna Freud resorted to strategy which gained confidence or

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