Approccio neuropsichiatrico al bambino con amiotrofia spinale. Studio delle problematiche relazionali.

Translated title of the contribution: Neuropsychiatric approach to a child with spinal muscular atrophy. A study of relational problems

U. Balottin, G. Castellani, L. Fioravanti, D. Comelli, A. Ottolini, G. Lanzi

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Various years' experience of an extensive series of children suffering from progressive chronic spinal muscular atrophy have made it possible to elaborate a neuropsychiatric approach model conducted on the basis of a viewpoint capable of integrating the clinico-medical aspect and aptitude to empathic listening aimed at establishing a therapeutic alliance with the patient. With advancing age and the course of the disease, in most cases very different difficulties and problems are encountered. These change continuously in relation to the stage reached in emotional development. Entry to school and socialisation mark a particular moment in the confrontation with peers and present the ill child with his diversity. With the emergence of adolescent problems, there is also a dramatic new impact between the body image of a wounded, deteriorated self and the evolutionary effort aimed at identifying with the peer group, the autonomisation of parental figures, the integration of a sexed image of the self. Room can be found in this framework for the child neuropsychiatrist who is able to offer himself as a point of reference and set himself up as a model for elaborating disease anxieties. From personal experience it also emerges that in children suffering from a chronic, often fatal disease there is often the need for a physician to coordinate and integrate needs of both a clinical and sociorelational nature for the purpose of allowing the family to get closer to the needs of their child and prevent him from falling prey to destructive type anxieties.

Translated title of the contributionNeuropsychiatric approach to a child with spinal muscular atrophy. A study of relational problems
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)631-636
Number of pages6
JournalMinerva Pediatrica
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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