A History of Child Psychoanalysis

Geissmann, P. and Geissman, C. 1997. Routledge.

Child analysis has always posed challenges for practitioners and provoked clashes among its advocates. Since Freud’s early discoveries, child psychoanalysts have tried to comprehend and convey the psychosomatic problems of childhood, and to adapt therapeutic approaches to all stages of development, from baby to child, adolescent and young adult. The Geissmanns trace the history of child analysis and assess the contributions made by its pioneers. Now practised widely, child psychoanalysis allows for deep insight into children’s psychological development, and brings therapeutic benefits to both child and family.