Jenny Aubry

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Jenny Aubry (8 October 1903 – 21 January 1987) was a French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

Life and career[edit]

Born in to the Parisian middle-class elite, and a sister of the famous suffragette Louise Weiss,[1] Aubry was among the very first women doctors to qualify in France. [2] Having worked with the Resistance during the war, she discovered psychoanalysis through Anna Freud in 1948, and trained as a psychoanalyst under the supervision of Jacques Lacan,[3] with whom she developed a friendship and whom she followed through the various splits of the French psychoanalytic movement.

Aware too of the work of such figures as René Spitz and John Bowlby,[4] Aubry began to specialise in the treatment of institutionalised children, exploring the role of maternal deprivation in their symptomatology.[5] Her book Enfance Abandonée was published in 1953, and her collected papers in 2003.[6]


Jenny Aubry was the mother of Élisabeth Roudinesco.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ E. Roudinesco, Jacques Lacan (2005) p. 240-1
  2. ^ Jenny Aubry
  3. ^ Jenny Aubry
  4. ^ L. D. Kritzman et al eds., The Columbia Dictionary of Twentieth-Century French Thought (2007) p. 507-8
  5. ^ P. Gherovici, Please Select Your Gender (2011) p. 104
  6. ^ Jenny Aubry née Weiss