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Sibling Matters: A Psychoanalytic, Developmental and Systemic Approach
Edited by Debbie Hindle and Susan Sherwin White
Tavistock Clinic & Routledge / Softcover / Jun 2014
9781782200635 (ISBN-10: 1782200630)
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This original book gives a timely exploration of the importance of sibling relationships from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It presents for the first time an account of the work on brothers and sisters by Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein and Anna Freud, whose pioneering and vital work on sibling issues has not been systematically examined before. It also explores the important contributions to our understanding of siblings from developmental research, systemic therapy and attachment theory. Through infant observation and clinical work with children and young people, the book reveals the ways in which sibling relationships can be illuminated by these different perspectives. The book aims to stress the importance of multi-disciplinary thinking and to encourage further an interface between psychoanalytic thinking and other disciplines. It is a must for clinicians and other professionals working with children and families and of interest too to the general reader.


Series editor’s preface
About the editors and contributors

Part I Psychoanalytic perspectives
1 Freud on brothers and sisters: a neglected topic—Susan Sherwin-White
2 Melanie Klein’s thoughts on brothers and sisters—Susan Sherwin-White
3 “From egocentricity to companionship”: Anna Freud’s understanding of sibling relationships—Inge-Martine Pretorius

Part II Developmental, attachment, and systemic perspectives
4 Sibling relationships across the life-span—Judy Dunn
5 Sibling relationships: an attachment perspective—Alexander Kriss, Miriam Steele, & Howard Steele
6 Keeping siblings in mind: family therapy with children and sibling relationships—Gill Gorell Barnes

Part III Aspects of siblinghood from early childhood to adolescence
7 Reflections on the observation of infants and early sibling relationships—Lisa Miller
8 Siblings in middle childhood—Debbie Hindle & Susan Sherwin-White
9 Adolescence: issues for brothers and sisters—Debbie Hindle & Susan Sherwin-White

Part IV Sibling relationships in different family contexts
10 Siblings in the context of divorce and family re-ordering: the past and the future—Gill Gorell Barnes
11 Brothers and sisters in care—Margaret Smallbone
12 Clinical research: a psychotherapeutic assessment model for siblings in care—Debbie Hindle

Part V Siblings in adversity: effects of death and illness on siblings from childhood to adulthood
13 The impact of sibling loss and illness—Ricky Emanuel
14 Doubly bereaved—Debbie Hindle
15 Lost babies—lost siblings: the effect of perinatal loss in the next generation—Marguerite Reid


About the Editors:

Debbie Hindle is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She was Head of the Clinical Training in Child Psychotherapy at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in Edinburgh and worked clinically in a specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Glasgow for children who were fostered or adopted. She has published extensively.

Susan Sherwin-White is a Consultant and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She was Child Psychotherapy Lead CAMHS in the West London Mental Health NHS Trust. Among various offices, she has been Chair of the Association of Child Psychotherapists. She has many publications, including articles on Freud, and child and adolescent issues.

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