Anna Freud, daughter of Sigmund, made many original contributions to psychoanalytic theory and child development, and yet much of her work remains relatively unknown.
In this book, Rose Edgcumbe seeks to redress the situation. Taking a fresh look at Anna Freud's theories and techniques from a clinical and critical viewpoint, and the controversy they caused, she highlights how Anna Freud's work is still relevant and important to the problems of today's society, such as dysfunctional families, child delinquency and violence. It also plays a vital role in recent developments in therapeutic techniques.
Written by a former student and co-worker of Anna Freud, this book will make useful reading for clinicians and students of child development.
Rose Edgcumbe is a member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists and the British Psychoanalytic Society. Since training with Anna Freud at the Hampstead Clinic she has worked there in many capacities in treatment, training and reseach, and in other clinics. She has published numerous papers on child analysis, including a memorial paper: Anna Freud: Child Analyst.
Introduction: Three Questions About Anna Freud's Work. The Basic Theory. Observation. Theories and Techniques: Controversies and Repercussions. Frameworks: Institutional, Informational and Theoretical: The Developmental Point of View. The Developmental Lines, Further Elaboration of Developmental Theory and Later Applications. Psychopathology and Therapeutic Technique. Conclusions: The Legacy.
This series of introductory, critical texts looks at the work and thought of key contributors to the development of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Each book includes examples of how the theories examined affect clinical practice, biographical material and a complete bibliography of the contributor's work.
The field of psychodynamic psychotherapy is today more fertile but also more diverse than ever before. Competing schools have been set up, rival theories and clinical ideas circulate. These different and sometimes competing strains are held together by a canon of fundamental concepts, guiding assumptions and principles of practice.
This canon has a history, and the way we now understand and use the ideas that frame our thinking and practice is palpably marked by how they came down to us, by the temperament and experiences of their authors, the particular puzzles they wanted to solve and the contexts in which they worked. These are the makers of modern psychotherapy. Yet despite their influence, the work and life some of these eminent figures is not well known. Others are more familiar, but their particular contribution is open to reassessment.
In studying these figures and their work, this series will articulate those ideas and ways of thinking that practitioners and thinkers within the psychodynamic tradition continue to find persuasive.