Parents of psychotic children as scapegoats

@article{Schopler2005ParentsOP,
  title={Parents of psychotic children as scapegoats},
  author={Eric Schopler},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy},
  year={2005},
  volume={4},
  pages={17-22}
}
  • E. Schopler
  • Published 1 December 1971
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
O VER the past several decades the most prevalent views of autism and childhood psychosis have considered the parents to be the primary cause of the child's disturbance. Psychoanalytic theory has been used to identify interpersonal trauma, rejecting mothers, and destructive parental motives as producing the child's emotional withdrawal and ego disorganization. During the last few years, however, there has been growing evidence that autistic and psychotic children suffer from neurological… 

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