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(p. 169) The Concept of Trauma in Relation to the Development of the Individual Within the Family 

(p. 169) The Concept of Trauma in Relation to the Development of the Individual Within the Family
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(p. 169) The Concept of Trauma in Relation to the Development of the Individual Within the Family
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0025
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date: 19 November 2019

Winnicott here describes the role of the (the good enough) family as giving the growing child a protection from trauma by gradual adaptation to the child’s needs. In his work with psychiatric child cases, he is aware where this role of the family may be inadequate or indeed damaging. He draws on a variety of clinical cases to elaborate his ideas. He also writes of the first interview or therapeutic consultation with a child as important in respect of determining what the family situation may or may not provide for the work in hand. He gives a picture of what trauma and its impact is both for a child and a family.

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