THE ATTITUDES and reactions of any professional toward a given patient are a complex result of a number of factors. An important one among these factors is the orientation toward a particular type of behavior or problem which is largely derived from the training and theoretical persuasion of the professional.
In a previous paper1 it was highlighted that there are two "camps" in child psychiatry with respect to the orientation toward seriously disturbed children (ie, childhood psychoses, autism, or childhood schizophrenia). The predominant camp holds to some variety of a functional-psychogenic etiology of these serious disturbances of early childhood. The second and smaller camp, which is more cognizant of the genetic-biologic-organic components as well as the functional, has seen some resurgence in its support in child psychiatry and related disciplines within the past five years.
The present paper will examine the attitudes of