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(p. 543) A Clinical Approach to Family Problems: The Family 

(p. 543) A Clinical Approach to Family Problems: The Family
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(p. 543) A Clinical Approach to Family Problems: The Family
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0124
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date: 23 January 2018

In this essay, Winnicott writes of the importance of the family as a localized element in a society, an element orientated to the task of dealing with the arrival of a new individual. Behind the idea of the family, is the recognition of the individual small child’s initial need of a simplified version of society, used for the purposes of essential emotional growth. Winnicott sees maturity as the growth of the individual in relation to society appropriate to the age of the child, and resulting eventually in the individual’s capacity to identify with society without too great a sacrifice of individual impulse. He also asserts that parents know more about their children’s needs than society does, because the parents are immediately involved.

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