Relational and therapeutic aspects of children with late onset of a terminal disease

G. Lanzi, U. Balottin, R. Borgatti, A. Ottolini

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The authors studied the patterns by which children and adolescents with spinal amyotrophy face their disease and the psychological difficulties involved. Five case histories regarding forms II and III of spinal amyotrophy are discussed in detail. Intense and recurrent anguish about death and the image of a narcissistically injured self were found to be present in all patients. We believe that these are the emotional elements that are most important in influencing the development of the child's relations with his own mental objects. This should be taken into account in any type of approach to the treatment of patients with this disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-342
Number of pages4
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1993


  • Relational aspects
  • Spinal amyotrophy
  • Terminal disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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