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Forrer, G.R. (1959). The Mother of a Defective Child. Psychoanal Q., 28:59-63.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:59-63

The Mother of a Defective Child

Gordon R. Forrer, M.D.


The overattachment of a mother to her defective child, to the detriment of others in her family, is described. This child had to the mother the unconscious symbolic representation of a penis, for which reason she was so intent that a 'good [big] head' be developed.

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