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(p. 353) Childhood Psychosis 

(p. 353) Childhood Psychosis
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(p. 353) Childhood Psychosis
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0069
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date: 24 April 2018

In this essay, Winnicott emphasises that, in the study of a psychotic child, paediatrics and psychology tend to part company and that it is only by comparing the emotional development of the psychotic and the healthy child that progress can be made. The psychotic child needs a specialized environment more or less continuously over a period of time, so the study of the child should be undertaken at home, provided it is a good home, capable of making an active adaptation to the particular child’s needs. There is little to be said for the treatment of a psychotic child in a hospital ward.

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