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Introduction: Social Work and the Legacy of Freud

  • Geoffrey Pearson
  • Judith Treseder
  • Margaret Yelloly
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Abstract

The aim of this book is to re-state the claims of psychoanalysis, together with some of its attendant difficulties, after a period of time in which Freud’s work and that of his successors has been largely neglected within social work. This neglect has been almost a complete reversal of social work’s earlier enchantment with psychoanalytical ideas during the 1950s and 1960s when, as Eileen Younghusband recalled, the ‘heady wine’ of Freudian theory had been a dominant influence within the education and training of social workers, and in their examination scripts ‘psychoanalytical theory tripped relevantly or irrelevantly off their pens’ (Younghusband, 1978, p. 41).

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© Macmillan Publishers Limited 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Pearson
    • 1
  • Judith Treseder
    • 2
  • Margaret Yelloly
    • 3
  1. 1.Middlesex PolytechnicUK
  2. 2.St Thomas’s HospitalLondonUK
  3. 3.University of StirlingUK

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