Latency (Ages 6–11)

  • Calvin A. Colarusso
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


The latency phase of development encompasses the years 6 to 11, “latent” in the sense that this is an interval of relative calm between the intense psychological turmoil of the Oedipal phase and the profound biopsychological upheaval of adolescence. Relative is the key word since although the comparisons between the external appearance of growth and development during latency and the Oedipal phase and adolescence are accurate, major developmental advances occur during these years. Freud (1905) introduced the term, relating the beginning of latency to a psychological event, the resolution of the Oedipal complex, and its end to a maturational one, the occurrence of puberty.


Sexual Identity Developmental Task Fairy Tale Late Latency Oedipal Complex 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Calvin A. Colarusso
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  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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