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June 1967

The Hampstead Psychoanalytic Index: A Study of the Psychoanalytic Case Material of a Two-Year-Old Child.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(6):771-772. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730240127023

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Originating in an idea of Dorothy Burlingham, the Index Project of the Hampstead Child-Therapy Clime has now been actively in existence for somewhat over ten years. Since its inception and the preliminary 50-case pilot study, a number of papers have evolved detailing the theoretical and practical problems involved in indexing paychoanalytic material. The present monograph, with an introduction by Anna Freud, is the first published in a series planned by the editors of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child dealing with psychoanalytic research. As such, its intent is to illustrate, by example, the practical application of the Psychoanalytic Index and its potential use as a research tool. The Index per se introduces a method of classification of psychoanalytic material, a system which would, hopefully, open "new lines of research by assembling analytic data in such a way as to facilitate comparison among

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