Description: This slim book is the first psychoanalytic study to consider the effect of childhood experiences with siblings as central to the psychopathologic picture presented by adult psychopathology. Seventeen cases (5 male, 12 female) are discussed at length.
Purpose: The purpose is to draw attention to the centrality of childhood experience with siblings in the development of adult psychopathology. Because most analytic descriptions consider adult-child relationships, the focus on child-child relationships opens up an intriguing view of psychopathology.
Audience: The book is primarily addressed to psychoanalysts, but anyone treating patients dynamically will benefit from it.
Features: The book is full of rich clinical material that any practicing therapist will easily relate to his or her own practice. The one table lists psycopathologic phenomena found in the 17 patients studied.
Assessment: This easy-to-read, pioneering study provides much for the clinician to consider.