December 1961

Schizophrenic Child's Reactions to Time and Space

Author Affiliations

Assistant Director (Mr. Mintz).
Director, Henry Ittleson Center for Child Research; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University, Psychoanalytic Clinic for Training and Research (Dr. Goldfarb).
Publication No. 22 of the Childhood Schizophrenia Project of the Henry Ittleson Center for Child Research, under support by the Commonwealth Fund and the Ittelson Family Foundation.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(6):535-543. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710180019003

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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