Eleanor Galenson had a remarkable career whose singular focus was her life-long interest in the maturational and psychosexual vicissitudes of infancy and early childhood. The selection of her writings in this volume highlight her approach to the study of the early years of life and, in particular, her contributions to understanding the developmental significance of the very young child's discovery of sexual difference, and the ways in which each child expresses this through play, symbolization and language. Interviews that Galenson gave to Milton Senn and Lucy LaFarge provide a Prologue to the Volume. They introduce the reader to her voice, and portray the milieu within which she matured and worked as a pediatrician, researcher and psychoanalyst. Papers are organized in three parts that illustrate different facets of Galenson's thinking and work: Symbolization, Thought and Language; Infantile Origins of Sexual Identity; and The Tripartite Therapeutic Model. Parts 1 and 2 are introduced by Patricia Nachman and Lucy LaFarge, respectively, colleagues and friends of Galenson who are deeply familiar with her work.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS INTRODUCTION - Nellie L. ThompsonPROLOGUE Interview with Eleanor Galenson - Milton SennPROLOGUE Our children, our future: li a conversation with Eleanor Galenson - Lucy LaFargePART I SYMBOLISATION, THOUGHT, AND LANGUAGE Introduction to Part 1 - Patricia Nachman CHAPTER ONE A consideration of the nature of thought in childhood play - Eleanor Galenson Discussion of Chapter One - Phyllis Greenacre CHAPTER TWO The impact of early sexual discovery on mood, defensive organisation, and symbolisation - Eleanor Galenson and Herman Roiphe Discussion of Chapter Two - Phyllis Greenacre CHAPTER THREE The influence of hostile aggression on the development of expressive language - Eleanor GalensonPART II INFANTILE ORIGINS OF SEXUAL IDENTITY Introduction to Part II - Lucy LaFarge CHAPTER FOUR Early genital activity and the castration complex - Herman Roiphe and Eleanor Galenson CHAPTER FIVE Object loss and early sexual development - Eleanor Galenson and Herman Roiphe Discussion of Chapter Five - Albert Solnit CHAPTER SIX Observation of early infantile sexual and erotic development - Eleanor Galenson CHAPTER SEVEN Review of The Infantile Origins of Sexual Identity - Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer CHAPTER EIGHT Review of The Infantile Origins of Sexual Identity - Jerome D. OremlandPART III THE TRIPARTITE THERAPEUTIC MODEL CHAPTER NINE Treatment of psychological disorders of early childhood: a tripartite therapeutic model - Eleanor Galenson CHAPTER TEN Gender disturbance in a three-and-a-half-year-old boy - Eleanor Galenson and Barbara Fields CHAPTER ELEVEN Psychoanalytic approach to psychotic disturbances in very young children: a clinical report - Eleanor GalensonINDEX
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