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Schizophrenic Child's Reactions to Time and Space

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(6):535-543. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710180019003.
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In considering the treatment of childhood schizophrenia, it should be recognized this is a psychiatric classification assigned to children with a broad gamut of ego disorders. In other words, the children deviate dramatically from normal in all aspects of self-regulative organization, involved in their orientation to and manipulation of the environment. As a group and compared to normal, they are deficient in perception, conceptual behavior, and psychomotor response; and they are very aberrant in communicative and speech patterns.4

Within the group of schizophrenic children, however, there is great individual diversity in all these ego functions and in contributing factors as well. Each child is unique in biological equipment, in adaptive competence, in the psychosocial environment in which he was reared and in intrapsychic dynamics. There is no question, therefore, that the therapeutic plan for each child requires the analysis of his unique psychodynamic


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