Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Thomas P. Vaccaro & John D. Hogan
Anna Freud (1895–1982) was the only one of Sigmund Freud's children to become a psychoanalyst, but that role does not begin to characterize her contributions adequately. She was an important figure as her father's daughter, colleague, companion, secretary, nurse, and heir. But she also made substantial independent scientific contributions in her own right. A prolific writer, her publications spanned a remarkably broad range of topics, including numerous books and more than 100 articles. She systematized and furthered her father's ideas and pioneered their application to child psychotherapy and education. The youngest of six children, Anna Freud was born to Sigmund and Martha Bernays Freud on December 3, 1895, in Vienna, Austria. By all accounts, Anna was very close to her father, having been born during the period when he was undergoing the vigorous self-analysis that ultimately led to some of his most important work. She sometimes said that she and ...