This volume contains a representative selection of talks and writings by Martha Harris and Donald Meltzer on the key developmental phase of adolescence, from their teachings both separately and together over many years. Similar books on this topic by these authors have existed for some time in Italian and in Spanish but not until now in English.
"This collection of the thought and work of Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris on adolescence is a potent witness to the devotion and enthusiasm with which they pursued their love of the psychoanalytic method and its sympathetic use at this most volatile age. The writing sparkles with wit and vigour and it is a great pleasure to hear again two voices which together express profound scholarship and virtuosic intuition."
- Kenneth Sanders, author of Post-Kleinian Analysis and Fellow , British Psychoanalytical Society
"The distinct, yet also conjoined, charisma of Martha Harris and Donald Meltzer sings through these pages. When these papers, lectures and exchanges were written, adolescent life was very different from the contemporary picture. Yet the underlying truths about the nature of human development remain. The pages are vividly evocative of the ‘condition’ of being adolescent. We encounter here the wisdom and essence of the personal and clinical experience that so impressively underpins current practice."
- Margot Waddell, psychoanalyst and consultant child psychotherapist
"Meltzer referred to this stage of life as the ‘great combine harvester of adolescence’. In essence: all have to go through it; some find it hard to emerge from it. Theory and clinical material bring alive the political and ethical states of mind of adolescents as they re-evaluate their child knowledge and understanding. The tension builds through the book, leading from imaginative descriptions of ordinary pubertal states of mind to the destructiveness of perversity. The case discussions in the book provide a master class on technique and clinical understanding."
- Ellie Roberts, Consultant child psychotherapist
About the authors
Foreword by Jonathan Bradley
1 Your Teenager, Martha Harris (1969)
2 Identification and socialization in adolescence, Donald Meltzer (1967)
3 Adolescent psychoanalytical theory, Donald Meltzer (1973)
4 Emotional problems in adolescence: an adolescent girl, Martha Harris (1973)
5 The psychopathology of adolescence, Donald Meltzer (1973)
6 Adolescent sexuality, Martha Harris (1969)
7 Infantile elements and adult strivings in adolescent sexuality, Martha Harris (1976)
8 The paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions, Donald Meltzer (1975)
9 Depression and the depressive position in an adolescent boy, Martha Harris (1965, 1975)
10 From puberty to adolescence, Donald Meltzer (1975)
11 Juan: a constant disappointment, Jesús Sánchez de Vega and Donald Meltzer (1998)
12 Elsa: fear of the adolescent community, Nouhad Dow and Donald Meltzer (1998)
13 An adolescent voyeur, Donald Meltzer (1997)
14 The claustrum and adolescence, Donald Meltzer (1992)
15 A theory of sexual perversion, Donald Meltzer (1974)
16 Narcissism and violence in adolescents, Donald Meltzer (1989)
17 Adolescence: after the hurricane, Donald Meltzer (c. 2002)
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.