Views And Reviews

Everybody's doing it wrong

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6964.1309a (Published 12 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1309
  1. M Berelowitz

    To a child psychiatrist this series of 20 minute talks by Clifford Yorke, a distinguished Freudian child psychoanalyst, was infuriating. The many excellent ideas were camouflaged by contradiction and inconsistency. Let me begin by finding some points of agreement. Divorce and marital disharmony are both bad for children. It hardly matters which is worse - neither conveys any benefits to a child. Also, children who end up being the sole recipient of all of one parent's love, interest, and need for companionship are not at an advantage.

    On many other points, however, I disagreed …

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