Psychodynamics in child psychiatry in Sweden, 1945-85: from political vision to treatment ideology
2013 (English)In: History of Psychiatry, ISSN 0957-154X, E-ISSN 1740-2360, Vol. 24, no 3, 308-325 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article, changing treatment ideologies and policies in child psychiatric outpatient services in Sweden from 1945 to 1985 are examined. The aim is to discuss the role played by psychoanalytic and psychodynamic thinking in this process of change. When mental health services for children were introduced in the mid-1940s, psychoanalytic thinking was intertwined with the social democratic vision of the Swedish welfare state in which children symbolized the future. In practice, however, treatment ideology was initially less influenced by psychoanalytic thinking. From the early 1960s, child psychiatric services expanded and the number of units increased. By then, the political vision had disappeared, but a treatment ideology began to evolve based on psychodynamic theories, which became dominant in the 1970s.
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SAGE Publications (UK and US) , 2013. Vol. 24, no 3, 308-325 p.
Child psychiatry, childhood history, outpatient services, psychiatric treatment ideology, psychoanalytic child therapy, Sweden, 20th century
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97652DOI: 10.1177/0957154X13483044ISI: 000323643500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-97652DiVA: diva2:649997