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David Serlin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816648221

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816648221.001.0001

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The Image of the Child in Postwar British and U.S. Psychoanalysis

The Image of the Child in Postwar British and U.S. Psychoanalysis

(p.193) 10. The Image of the Child in Postwar British and U.S. Psychoanalysis
Imagining Illness

Lisa Cartwright

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the place of visual analysis and documentation of infants and children in psychoanalysis in Britain and the United States after World War II, a period during which mental health concerns for orphans, widows, and survivors of war began to receive critical attention from the clinical psychiatric community. It considers the work of René Spitz and James and Joyce Robertson, the latter group of whom worked with psychiatrist John Bowlby in England, and how these professionals and their peers responded to images of children in circumstances that included deprivation and grief. These psychoanalysts and psychiatric social workers were among those practitioners who concerned themselves with infants and young children in medical and psychological crises that resulted from parental loss, temporary or long-term, and the psychological development and outcomes of these children as it became a matter of public health and global conscience.

Keywords:   visual analysis, infants, children, psychoanalysis, Britain, United States, René Spitz, James and Joyce Robertson, John Bowlby, public health

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