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(p. 139) Two Adopted Children 

(p. 139) Two Adopted Children
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(p. 139) Two Adopted Children
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271367.003.0032
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date: 20 January 2021

This essay discusses the problems of adoption. Children, Winnicott says, do not have to thank their parents for their conception. With adopted children it is otherwise. Difficulties can often be predicted at the time of adoption, and he believes that problems here link up with the psychology of the deprived child; when the early history has not been good enough in respect of the environment, the foster-mother is taking on ‘a case’ rather than a child, and in becoming a mother she becomes a therapist of a deprived child.

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