S U M M A R Y.
The investigation that has been mode in the Psychiotric Polyclinic for Children of the State University of Leiden has for object to give a critical analysis of the psychoanalytical ideas about the free play of childern. The problem has two sides for the writer, to wit: a theoretical-scientific and a practical-therapeutical one. The purpose is not only to obtain a more profound comprehension into the psychologie and psychopatihology of the child, but in particular to control the therapeutical value of the play-analysis.
After resuming the non-psychoanalytical play-theories, an explanation of the psychoanalytical vie^ws on play is given. Then the purposes and problems are exposed, that are to direct the investigation. This investigation, to whose arrangement a special chapter is alloted, has been performed on seven childern with neurotic symptoms from the above mentioned Psychiatrie Polyclinic for Childern. After discription and discussion of the performed play-analyses and their therapeutical results, the authoress gives a summary of the results obtained and then comes to the following conclusions:
1. Childern with neurotic symptoms are more or less obstructed in their play. It often occurs, that they do not play at all. If they do, their play shows little variation, is always carried on in nearly the same way and has always the neurotic conflict for motive, whilest reality is very little considered.
2. Childern, that are obstructed in their play need have no neurotic symptoms. Personality, influence of surroundings and incidental factors can as well be reasons for their being obstructed in play.
3. The free playing of the child, as a manifestation of the spiritual life, is to be set with the dream. By means of concealing-psychisms — from which the dream-work serves