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History of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child has been in continuous publication since 1945.  Initiated as an Anglo-American venture, its initial Editorial Board in the United States was composed of Otto Fenichel, Phylis Greenacre, Heinz Hartmann, Edith B. Jackson, Ernst Kris, Lawrence Kubie, Betram Lewin, Marian Putnam and Rene Spitz.  In Great Britain the Board included Anna Freud, Willie Hoffer, and Edward Glover.  Sylvia Brody served as overall Editorial Assistant.  However, the managing editors in those early years were Anna Freud, Heinz Hartmann and Ernst Kris who were most responsible for the successful launch and sustained success of the series.

Its first published article was "The Genetic Approach in Psychoanalysis" by Heinz Hartmann and Ernst Kris.  The article established those propositions that inform psychoanalytic theory and practice derived from historical and developmental determinants, differentiating them from others, those that underlie dynamic influences for example.

This seminal paper proved to contain the basic orienting postulates that have since led to expanding views of the psychoanalysis of adults and children and of the various complex components that contribute to child development in general as well as the determinants of the variety of disturbances that may arise in the course of growth.

A review of all the volumes leads to the astonishing discovery of just how many theoretical and technical contributions as well as innovative points of view within psychoanalysis originated from this psychoanalytic publication.