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(p. 45) Group Influences and the Maladjusted Child: The School Aspect 

(p. 45) Group Influences and the Maladjusted Child: The School Aspect
(p. 45) Group Influences and the Maladjusted Child: The School Aspect

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 30 September 2020

Winnicott writes that groups and the psychology of groups constitute a vast subject, but the psychology of the individual and his personal integration and early emotional development are important to the infant’s acquisition of a self. Mature group formation depends on individual units and the internal organization of each individual maintains the group entity from within. Group formations of healthy adults, adolescents, or children can assist group management when there are ill children. The staff provide an essential resource but then the group starts to integrate through the integration of each individual. A group of hostels can work together to facilitate the child’s development through different levels through moving to the next hostel. In groups the ill children dominate, so the more normal children who could be contributing to the group work cannot be given opportunity.

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