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The Story of Infant Development

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In this book the author presents some of the observation work that she had the privilege of presenting to Martha Harris for supervision between 1970 and 1984. These cases include infant observation, young child observation and play observation of three children who, for various psychopathological problems, were in hospital at the Institute of Child Neuropsychiatry at the University of Milan. Martha Harris’s supervisions were recorded, and in almost all instances preserved, and the tapes have been transcribed ...
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Overview

In this book the author presents some of the observation work that she had the privilege of presenting to Martha Harris for supervision between 1970 and 1984. These cases include infant observation, young child observation and play observation of three children who, for various psychopathological problems, were in hospital at the Institute of Child Neuropsychiatry at the University of Milan. Martha Harris’s supervisions were recorded, and in almost all instances preserved, and the tapes have been transcribed here. The case of Simone, which constitutes a major part of the book, particularly delighted her, since it afforded in great detail a record of an infant’s normal development, highlighting the passions, struggles, and vicissitudes inherent in ordinary life, so providing a role model against which psychopathological impediments may be measured and more clearly seen.

"What a pleasure it is to have this record of a sustained encounter with the inspirational teaching of Martha Harris, to whom a whole generation of child psychotherapists feel they owe their fundamental psychoanalytic education and approach to child development and family relationships. The book reminds us of her fresh and lively imagination, disciplined attention to the observational detail, and unrivalled capacity to contain and encourage her students. The children she discusses become complex and memorable individuals through her illuminating commentary. Indeed, her work offers a model of the integration of theory, clinical imagination and life wisdom, and allows the reader to share in the creation of meaning through dialogue." -- Margaret Rustin, Head of Child Psychotherapy, Tavistock Clinic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855754140
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Harris Meltzer Trust Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Romana Negri graduated in medicine and trained as a child neuropsychiatrist at the University of Milan. From 1970 onwards she attended the seminars of Martha Harris and Donald Meltzer and commenced work projects inspired and influenced by their teaching. From 1976 to 2004 she was a consultant in the Special Care Baby Unit at the Caravaggio Hospital, Treviglio, publishing some of her research findings in “The Newborn in the Intensive Care Unit” (Karnac, 1994; also published in Italy, 1994 and 1998, and Greece, 2002). Since 1982 she has been a professor at Milan University, teaching in the paediatric department of the School of Medicine and the School of Psychiatry and Psychology. She is also responsible for early pathology consultation at the Sacco Hospital in Milan. In addition to The Newborn, she has published over one hundred papers in the field of early psychopathology and child psychiatry in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, and England.

Martha Harris (1919-1987) read English at University College London and then Psychology at Oxford. She taught in a Froebel Teacher Training College and was trained as a Psychologist at Guys Hospital, as a Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, where she was for many years responsible for the child psychotherapy training in the department of Children and Families, and as a Psychoanalyst at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis. Together with her first husband, Roland Harris (a teacher), she started a pioneering schools counselling service. With her second husband, Donald Meltzer, she wrote a psychoanalytical model of The Child in the Family in the Community for multidisciplinary use in schools and therapeutic units.

Gianna Polacco Williams

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; About the Authors; Editorial Note—Meg Harris Williams; Preface—Gianna Polacco Williams; Introduction—Romana Negri; 1) The Pattern of Normal Development: Forming a Relationship with the Breast; 2) The Pattern of Normal Development: The End of Breastfeeding; 3) The Story of the Birth of the Next Sibling; 4) A Three-Year-Old Uses the Gang as Container; 5) Play Observation in a Hospital Setting: Some Diagnostic Implications; Index.
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