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(p. 35) Psychoses and Child Care 

(p. 35) Psychoses and Child Care
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(p. 35) Psychoses and Child Care
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271367.003.0005
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date: 21 January 2021

This essay describes how the tasks involved in the early stages of infant emotional development cannot be accomplished except in an emotional environment that is good enough. Childcare aims to produce a healthy child and, ultimately, a healthy adult. Winnicott emphasises his belief that mental health is laid down by the mother during her maternal preoccupation with the care of her infant, and he details various ‘failures’ of care and environment that can lead to later mental illness for the child.

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