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Young Child Observation


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Series Editor's Preface -- Introduction -- Developmental issues -- The transition from home to nursery school -- The story of child development: a psychoanalytic account -- Oedipal anxieties, the birth of a second baby, and the role of the observer -- The Young Child Observation seminar: new steps in developing the observer role -- Observing in the home -- An observation of a young Asian child with feeding difficulties, conceived via assisted reproductive technology -- Laurie and his cars: a 3-year-old begins to separate -- The day Captain Antonio's balloon burst -- The observed child, the observing child: the complexity of a child's response to the stillbirth of a sibling -- Observing in a nursery -- The work of playing: a male observer gets to know a little boy whose father is absent -- Seeing beneath the surface: an observer's encounter with a child's struggle to find herself at nursery -- Thoughts on transitions between cultures: Jonathon moves from home to school and from class to class -- "The house is a boat": a group of children face separation -- Applications -- Sewing on a shadow: acquiring dimensionality in a participant observation -- A participant observation with a boy suffering from a chronic illness -- Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends: familiar faces in an uncertain world -- Research -- Now we are two, going on three: triadic thinking and its link with development in the context of Young Child Observations -- Young Child Observation used as a research tool: investigating toddlers' development in day care nurseries -- Young children's relationships with staff and peers in nursery: observations of two girls aged 29 months and 25 months -- Epilogue

About the Author

Simonetta M. G. Adamo, former Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at Milan's University "Bicocca", is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists. She co-organizes the Tavistock Short Course "Working with Troubled Adolescents", is the Organising Tutor of the Naples Observation Course, and teaches at the Centro Studi Martha Harris, Florence. She has edited the books: 'Un breve viaggio nella propria mente. Counselling psicoanalitico con adolescent' (1990); 'Il compagno immaginario. Studi psicoanalitici' (2006); and 'La cura della relazione in oncologia pediatrica' (2008). She has co-planned experimental projects in schools and works in Naples in private practice. Margaret Rustin is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London, and an Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She has pioneered and supported the extension of training in psychoanalytic observational approaches to training across the United Kingdom and in a number of other countries.



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