oa South African Medical Journal - Emergency hospitalization of young children : the psychological effects
|Article Title||Emergency hospitalization of young children : the psychological effects|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Institute of Family and Community Health, Union Health Department, Durban; History of Education, University of Natal|
|Publication Date||Jun 1952|
|Pages||472 - 476|
|Keyword(s)||Children, Hospitalism, Hospitalization and Psychology|
The experience of emergency hospitalization, more particularly with children in the highly formative pre-school years, has potentially serious psychological effects. Although many children return from hospital more amenable to discipline and with less 'adult-provoking' symptoms, usually both feelings of dependence and of guilt are intensified. This tends to retard the development of satisfactory extra-familial social relationships, and to increase the severity and inflexibility of the super-ego.The central figure in dealing with this and allied probblems, would appear to be a practioner with specialist training as a family doctor.
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