Analysis of the Under-Five Child


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Edited by Robert L. Tyson

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Emotional problems in children age five to six or younger are too often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or simply neglected. Even for those children who do receive attention, it is frequently inadequate. To assume, however, that prelatency children are too young to treat, particularly with psychoanalysis, is mistaken, the contributors to this book argue. They present detailed case studies of the psychoanalytic treatment of children as young as two years old, and they offer extended discussions of some of the issues raised by the treatment of prelatency children.

This is the first book to deal exclusively with the psychoanalysis of small children. The contributors, well-known analysts and authorities in their field, examine the cases of eight prelatency children. The cases support the notion that psychoanalysis by a properly trained analyst can provide the most effective, rapid, and long-lasting treatment for young children. Early psychoanalysis can also avert the need for later treatment, when success is generally much more difficult to achieve. Psychoanalysts, psychologists, pediatricians, counselors, and others interested in the emotional well-being of young children will find in this deeply informed book a wealth of information on current theory and technique of analysis of preschool children.

Robert L. Tyson, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. He is also training and supervising analyst, adult and child, at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and past president of The Association for Child Psychoanalysis.

“Between the searchlight guidance by the editor, Robert L. Tyson, and the final erudite chapter by Hansi Kennedy of London, this volume provides wonderfully readable and informative presentations by eight working scholarly psychoanalysts of children between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 4 years six months. This seminal volume is of historic important—updating and advancing out understanding of the psychoanalytic treatment of young children. These scholarly clinical reports are especially timely because body and mind issues are brilliantly illuminated in a provocative and sophisticated manner. The reader is enabled to see how the inner and outer life of the child can be understood in a developmental context as sensitive, competent interventions by child psychoanalysts enable the child to overcome trauma and mitigate developmental deviation in a growth-promoting manner.”—Albert J. Solnit, M.D., Managing Editor of the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Former Director of the Yale University Child Study Center  may 
ISBN: 9780300087642
Publication Date: December 11, 2001
320 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4