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Anuario de investigaciones

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LUZZI, Ana M.  and  BARDI, Daniela C.. Psychoanalytical conceptual approach to children´s play: Initial step for an empirical research in psychotherapy. Anu. investig. [online]. 2009, vol.16, pp.53-63. ISSN 1851-1686.

The following paper is part of the theoretical frame of an investigation that is being developed by an UBACyT master scholarship, which purpose is to carry out a descriptive study of children´s play between six and eight years old in the context of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy group and its potential relationship with the capacity of emotional containment of parents. Aim: Specify the meaning given to children´s play in the work of classical psychoanalytical authors. Methodology: A conceptual research about children´s play is carried out, as a normal activity in their mind life and as a psychoanalytical psychotherapy activity. The concept has been searched throughout Sigmund Freud´s work, as the basic and first step of the following theoretical discoveries of the English Psychoanalytical School Considering this approach, Melanie Klein´s contributions are emphasized, as she was a pioneer in the psychoanalytical work with children, and Donald Winnicott´s ones, as he enriched the concept of ludic production in childhood. Results and conclusion: The different approaches to children´s ludic production, established by the previously mentioned authors, influenced the way to conceive the psychoanalytical clinic with children.

Keywords : Play; Play' s technique; Psychoanalysis of children.

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