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(p. 281) What Do We Mean by a Normal Child? 

(p. 281) What Do We Mean by a Normal Child?
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(p. 281) What Do We Mean by a Normal Child?
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271343.003.0045
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date: 28 October 2020

In this broadcast and essay Winnicott discusses what is meant by normality in the range of behaviour in children, and how difficult it is to define accurately. He suggests that there are two meanings to the word normal. One is useful to the psychologist, who needs a standard, and who has to call everything abnormal that is imperfect. The other is useful to doctors, parents, and teachers when they want to describe a child who seems likely eventually to grow up into a satisfactory member of society, in spite of the fact that symptoms and inconvenient behaviour problems are clearly present.

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