Selma Fraiberg Bibliography Generator

The Magic Years: Understanding & Handling the Problems of Early Childhood4.12 · Rating details ·  395 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews

To a small child, the world is an exciting but sometimes frightening and unstable place. In The Magic Years, Selma Fraiberg takes the reader into the mind of the child, showing how he confronts the world and learns to cope with it. With great warmth and perception, she discusses the problems at each stage of development and reveals the qualities—above all, the quality of uTo a small child, the world is an exciting but sometimes frightening and unstable place. In The Magic Years, Selma Fraiberg takes the reader into the mind of the child, showing how he confronts the world and learns to cope with it. With great warmth and perception, she discusses the problems at each stage of development and reveals the qualities—above all, the quality of understanding—that can provide the right answer at critical moments.

To a small child, the world is an exciting but sometimes frightening and unstable place. In The Magic Years, Selma Fraiberg takes the reader into the mind of the child, showing how he confronts the world and learns to cope with it. With great warmth and perception, she discusses the problems at each stage of development and reveals the qualities—above all, the quality of understanding—that can provide the right answer at critical moments....more

Paperback, 320 pages

Published December 9th 1996 by Charles Scribner's Sons (NY) (first published 1959)

Selma Fraiberg, a professor of child psychoanalysis at the University of California in San Francisco and a clinician who devoted her career to helping troubled children, died of cancer Saturday at the Ralph K. Davies Medical Center there. She was 63 years old.

Mrs. Fraiberg was also professor emeritus of child psychoanalysis at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she had taught from 1963 to 1979. She had also been director of the Child Developmental Project in Washtenaw County, Mich., for children with emotional problems.

Professor Fraiberg wrote several books on the development and guidance of children, the best known of which was ''The Magic Years,'' which deals with early childhood. The book, published in 1959 and since translated into 11 languages, was written when she was teaching at the Tulane Medical School in New Orleans.

Her work is said to have paralleled that of Anna Freud, a pioneer in child psychoanalysis. Both were keenly interested in young blind people. For 15 years Professor Fraiberg studied the development of children who were blind from birth, and this led to her writing ''Insights From the Blind: Comparative Studies of Blind and Sighted Infants,'' published in 1977.

In the same year, she wrote ''Every Child's Birthright: In Defense of Mothering,'' a study of the early mother-child relationship in which she argued that all subsequent development is based on the quality of the child's first attachments.

Professor Fraiberg was born in Detroit and was graduated in 1940 from Wayne State University there with a master's degree in social work. She completed her psychoanalytic training at the Detroit Psychoanalytic Institute.

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