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The Journey of Child Development
Selected Papers of Joseph D. Noshpitz

ISBN 9781138989498
Published July 19, 2016 by Routledge
302 Pages

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As founder and past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and president of the American Association of Children's Residential Centers, Joseph Noshpitz was at the forefront of psychodynamic treatment and research with children and adolescents for more than forty years. He was the editor-in-chief of the six volume Handbook of Child Psychiatry, co-author of the two volume Pathways of Growth: Essentials of Child Psychiatry, and co-editor of Stressors and the Adjustment Disorders. His breadth of knowledge and wisdom ranged well beyond the traditional areas of diagnosis and therapeutic interventions, envisioning the child as an individual within the family and the wider culture. Based on psychoanalytic ideas and without jargon, Noshpitz's innovative ideas are grounded in the developmental theories of Freud, Mahler, and Kernberg.

These previously unpublished papers demonstrate Noshpitz's scope and the depth to which he conceived the psychic life of the child. Each paper is introduced by experts who contemporize and contextualize the work for the modern reader. The wide-ranging papers include ethics in child development, narcissism in the grade school years, tomboyism, idealization, negative ego ideals, and self-destructiveness in adolescence. More applied papers delve into the formative appeal of literature for adolescent girls, the developmental lessons of the Ninja Turtles, and the creative early motivations behind art, music, dance, mime, and poetry. The papers present an unyielding advocacy for the progressive development of the child interacting with the society at large, most evidenced in the extraordinarily far-reaching proposal for wider preventive family interventions.

As poignant now as the time when they were written, Noshpitz's thoughtful commentaries and analyses repeatedly demonstrate his intrinsic curiosity, joy of learning, generosity and sensitivity to the myriad struggles of youth. His psychodynamic sensibility is a contrast to this era of quick psychopharmalogical fixes, cognitive-behavioral approaches, and managed care.

To learn more about the life and work of Joseph Noshpitz, and to access more of his unpublished work, please visit

Table of Contents

Sklarew, Sklarew, Editors' Preface. Benoit, Feinstein, Introduction: Joseph D. Noshpitz. Stone, Ethics in Child Development. Mayes, Idealization. Mayes, Idealization and Psychopathology. Feinstein, Music. Rose, Visual Art. Shapiro, Prose and Poetry. Rashkin, Mime and Dance. Bleiberg, Infantile Narcissism in the Grade School Years. McDermott, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Lock, Nancy Drew and The Baby-Sitters Club. Harris, Coates, Gender Identity in Latency Girls. Harris, Coates, The Tomboy, Puberty, and Beyond. Apter, Gvion, The Effects of Trauma on the Development of Self-destructiveness in Adolescence. Stone, Beyond School. Spilka, The Ethics of Rage. Wallerstein, Afterword.

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Bruce Sklarew, M.D., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, co-edited Analysts in the Trenches: Schools, Streets, and War Zones (Analytic Press, 2004), The Last Emperor: Multiple Takes (Wayne State University Press, 1998), and Bernardo Bertolucci: Interviews (University of Mississippi Press, 2000). He is the co-founder of Projections: A Journal for Movies and Mind and associate editor of The Journal for Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. An associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Howard University School of Medicine, he was a faculty member at the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is the chair of the Forum for Movies and Mind and the film programmer for meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He was the principal investigator of the School-Based Mourning Project in Washington, D.C. and the initiator for Recover, an acute bereavement service at the DC Morgue.

Myra Sklarew, former president of the artist community Yaddo and professor emerita of literature at American University, Washington, D.C., is the author of three chapbooks and seven collections of poetry, including Lithuania: New & Selected Poems and Harmless. Other publications include short fiction, Like a Field Riddled by Ants; essays, Over the Rooftops of Time; and a forthcoming work, Holocaust and the Construction of Memory. Her poetry has been recorded for the Contemporary Poet's Archives of the Library of Congress. In addition to writing, she studied biology at Tufts University, bacterial genetics and viruses at Cold Spring Harbor Biological Laboratory, and worked at Yale University School of Medicine studying frontal lobe function and delayed response memory in rhesus monkeys.


"Joseph Noshpitz's pioneering contributions to the literature of child and adolescent psychiatry have stood the test of time. The field will be further enriched by the publication of his heretofore unpublished work."

- Anna Ornstein, M.D., Professor Emerita of Child Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati

"The depth and breadth of Joe Noshpitz's wisdom and keen insight are vividly apparent in this volume - a passionate interest in development and the child's world that marked him as a pioneering spirit of American child psychiatry and one of its great teachers, clinicians, and scholars."

- Robert A. King, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center

"This is a valuable collection of ideas which will help parents and children to further their child's development."

- T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus, Harvard Medical School