Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 178–191 | Cite as

The counterphobic defense in children

  • Eiva Poznanski
  • Bettie Arthur


The clinical data for this study were derived from the case histories of five children who consistently used the counterphobic defense either alone or in combination with phobic attitudes. The children's manifestations of this defense appeared in both verbal and nonverbal behavioral patterns. The choice of defensive style was found related to at least three factors: an early history of trauma, especially separation, parental encouragement of “toughness,” and essentially a counterphobic family style.


Clinical Data Social Psychology Case History Behavioral Pattern Early History 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eiva Poznanski
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bettie Arthur
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Children's Psychiatric HospitalAnn Arbor
  2. 2.University of Michigan Medical CenterAnn Arbor

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