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Clinical Applications of Psychoanalytic Theory
Fine, Esther
Jason Aronson / Rowman & Littlefield / Hardcover / 2013-09-01 / 076570949X
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168 pages
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Clinical Applications of Psychoanalytic Theory provides in-depth descriptions of past and present analytic concepts, with accompanying examples of how these theories affect clinical interventions. A wide range of psychopathology is described, including child abuse, ADHD, autism, and hostile acts performed by adults as well as by children. Accounts of the treatment process and progress are prefaced by a review of the literature. Each clinical example is accompanied by a psychoanalytic understanding of what transpired in the treatment while the final chapter reviews the currently popular theories of what creates positive change in treatment outcome.

Reviews and Endorsements:

“Dr. Esther Fine’s Clinical Applications of Psychoanalytic Theory is a masterful treatment of theoretical and applied psychoanalysis. Her empirical study of the different schools of analytic thought and the ways in which they affect treatment outcome is groundbreaking. Dr. Fine applies her psychoanalytic insights to the treatment of abused children, children with attention deficit disorder and autism, and children who act out in hostile manners. In short, Dr. Fine's book is a wonderful collection of work spanning the career of a gifted clinician—a real tour de force.”
— Elyn Saks, PhD, JD, University of Southern California Law School

“Dr. Fine’s clinical accounts bring to our attention how a gifted therapist with a firm grasp of psychoanalytic theory deploys her knowledge to the benefit of her brave, struggling patients. What has become derailed becomes re-railed.”
— Gerald Aronson, MD


1) Three Theoretical Perspectives on Child Development.
2) Four Psychoanalytic Perspectives: A Study of Differences in Interpretive Interventions, published in The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Vol. 38, pp. 1017-1047, co-authored with my late husband, Sidney Fine, M.D.
3) The Protective Devices of the Human Psyche. A Construct That Bridges Four
Psychoanalytic Theories.
4) Latency
5) Guidelines for a Positive Therapeutic Outcome
6) From Autism to Oedipus (Published in The Vulnerable Child, Vol. 3, pp. 300-334, co-authored with Sidney Fine, M.D.)
7) ADHD: A Rush to Judgment
8) Grapes of Wrath: Treatment of the Incomplete Repression of Revenge and
Underlying Guilt
9) Psychodynamics of Physical and Sexual Child Abuse
10) A New Age in Psychoanalysis

About the Author:

Esther Fine, PhD, has been a practicing child and adult psychotherapist for the past sixty years. She brings her psychoanalytic knowledge and expertise to the treatment of both adults and children.

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