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(1949). British Journal of Medical Psychology. XXI, 1948: The Play of a Psychotic Child. Elizabeth Norman. Pp. 155–170.. Psychoanal Q., 18:268-269.

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Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: British Journal of Medical Psychology. XXI, 1948: The Play of a Psychotic Child. Elizabeth Norman. Pp. 155–170.

(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:268-269

British Journal of Medical Psychology. XXI, 1948: The Play of a Psychotic Child. Elizabeth Norman. Pp. 155–170.

Norman demonstrates the reflection of the schizophrenic thought processes of a child and its relation to reality and to objects in its play and drawings. Despite loose dynamic constructions and deductions, she makes a valuable contribution to the literature of play with children in the clinical setting. Lack of reality determination in the manner of play, undisguised play on sexual


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and excretory themes, excessive aggression and destruction in the absence of friendly and constructive themes, are all evidence for making a diagnosis of psychosis if they are persistent themes of play. Some of these features are occasionally seen in the play of a 'normal' child.


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(1949). British Journal of Medical Psychology. XXI, 1948. Psychoanal. Q., 18:268-269

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