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(p. 309) The Five-Year-Old
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(p. 309) The Five-Year-Old
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271381.003.0052
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date: 11 December 2019

In this BBC radio broadcast, Winnicott charts the development of the infant in the safety of home and family, initially unaware of conscious dependence on all around him, until the start of school. Winnicott gives examples of the child’s entry into a shared, more objective reality, one requiring him and his parents to adapt. Children negotiate this in different ways. The child may use his attachment to a loved object to make this transition to school. Parents feel sadness, hope and excitement about this transition. A child’s reversal into the pre-school world and then shifting into the more mature stage of school is normal for the child and the parents.

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