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Murray, L. (1989). Winnicott and the Developmental Psychology of Infancy. Brit. J. Psychother., 5(3):333-348.

(1989). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 5(3):333-348

Child Development

Winnicott and the Developmental Psychology of Infancy

Lynne Murray

Evidence from research in developmental psychology on mother-infant communication and cognition in the first 18 months is considered in relation to British psychoanalytic theory, and particularly that of D.W. Winnicott. Large overlaps exist between the two disciplines, but there are areas where empirical work indicates modifications of psychoanalytic formulations and, conversely, clinical observations that draw attention to the need for far closer empirical scrutiny of certain developmental issues.

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