Differential diagnosis of psychiatric disturbance in pre-school children

Frommer, Eva A.; Mendelson, Wallace B.; Reid, M. A.; Frommer, E A; Mendelson, W B
July 1972
British Journal of Psychiatry;Jul72, Vol. 121 Issue 560, p71
Academic Journal
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The article presents a study on the differential diagnosis of psychiatric disturbance in pre-school children who were referred to the Child Psychiatric Clinic of the Paediatric Department at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, England. A sample of over 200 disturbed children under 5 years old were examined for the symptoms and factors concerning their families and environment that might help the researchers to distinguish their behavior. It was found that the aggressive children are those that belong to the worst housing conditions and most mentally ill parents. Meanwhile, depressed children are likely to have most depressed mothers. The authors denote that the treatment of the very disturbed families of children is possible because of the presence of the day hospital.


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