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Martin, P. (2010). Clinical commentary by Paddy Martin, a child psychotherapist working at the Anna Freud Centre's Court Assessment Service and as a specialist child psychotherapist at the North Middlesex Hospital, Paediatric Liaison Service. J. Child Psychother., 36(3):292-296.
   

(2010). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 36(3):292-296

Clinical commentary by Paddy Martin, a child psychotherapist working at the Anna Freud Centre's Court Assessment Service and as a specialist child psychotherapist at the North Middlesex Hospital, Paediatric Liaison Service

Paddy Martin

Background

This is a complex case in terms of constitutional and environmental factors. Lewis was born heroin addicted and there are considerations about both the early impact in utero of heroin upon his brain development and functioning as well as the impact of his environment during these first eight months. Then there is the impact of separation and placement at eight months, developmentally coinciding with the period of stranger anxiety and a crucial stage of separation-individuation.

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