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(p. 101) The Only Child 

(p. 101) The Only Child
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(p. 101) The Only Child
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271336.003.0022
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date: 17 July 2018

In this paper, Winnicott discusses the emotional and physiological impact of being an only child and suggests various approaches to the child’s care. He seeks to answer the question of whether an only child suffers from illness more than other children and concludes that it is possible as a result of loneliness and its emotional effects. He recommends that parents of an only child should see that, from the very beginning, their child as often as possible meets and plays with other children. The play of a child with other children (or alone) is of the very greatest importance with regard to future health.

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