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Psychodynamics in child psychiatry in Sweden, 1945–85: from political vision to treatment ideology

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Title
Psychodynamics in child psychiatry in Sweden, 1945–85: from political vision to treatment ideology
Published in
History of Psychiatry, August 2013
DOI 10.1177/0957154x13483044
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Karin Zetterqvist Nelson, Bengt Sandin

Abstract

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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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 15 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 4 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 20%
Professor 2 13%
Student > Bachelor 1 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 7%
Other 3 20%
Unknown 1 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 5 33%
Social Sciences 4 27%
Arts and Humanities 3 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 1 7%
Neuroscience 1 7%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 1 7%