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(p. 343) Providing for the Child in Health and Crisis 

(p. 343) Providing for the Child in Health and Crisis
(p. 343) Providing for the Child in Health and Crisis

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 01 March 2021

In this presentation to a panel discussion at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Society, Winnicott discusses what matters for the child in health and in crisis. He argues that we need to provide an environment for the child that lays down the foundations of good mental health throughout life. He recognizes that there may be children who need more help due to immaturity in development; he examines stages of child dependency in detail and the gradual move towards greater independence and a social sense. The child’s capacity to develop object relations and to achieve a good personality structure is important for Winnicott, and he also believes parents who have the capacity to identify with their children make a great contribution to this growth.

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