The Research Trajectory of Judith Kestenberg

From the Study of Movements to Research with Child Victims of the Holocaust

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.23777/sn.0124/art_fcar01

Keywords:

Judith Kestenbeg, Holocaust, child survivors, psychoanalysis, Kestenberg Movement Profile

Abstract

The physician and psychoanalyst Judith Kestenberg created a method of body movement analysis called the “Kestenberg Movement Profile” (KMP). She proposed an innovative approach to prevention and intervention in early childhood development and conducted extensive research on child survivors of the Holocaust and on the children of survivors. This latter research produced a great deal of knowledge about the psychological effects of severe childhood trauma. Most of the published material about Kestenberg addresses the KMP. However, her research on child survivors of the Holocaust and on the children of survivors is still the subject of little systematic research in the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis. This article aims to present the course of Kestenberg’s research and characterise her work on child survivors of the Holocaust, with a view to contributing to the appreciation and dissemination of her work.

Author Biography

  • Fátima Caropreso, Federal University of Juiz de Fora

    Fátima Caropreso is a psychologist with an MA and PhD in philosophy. She is currently a full professor in the Department of Psychology and the Graduate Program in Psychology at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora in Brazil. She supervises master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral studies in the history and epistemology of psychoanalysis, which is her main area of expertise. She is the author of many articles, books, and chapters. Since 2010, she has been researching women psychoanalysts. Her current research is on Judith Kestenberg’s work with child survivors of the Holocaust and the children of survivors. This research is funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brazil.

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Published

2024-05-23

How to Cite

“The Research Trajectory of Judith Kestenberg: From the Study of Movements to Research With Child Victims of the Holocaust”. 2024. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 11 (1): 67-90. https://doi.org/10.23777/sn.0124/art_fcar01.