Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 113–119 | Cite as

Children's reactions to their therapist's pregnancy

  • Deborah L. Callanan


The author treated 14 child patients during her pregnancy. Many of the children were unaware of the pregnancy unless told. Allowing children to discover their therapist's pregnancy has the major disadvantage of failing to adequately prepare them for the separation at the time of delivery.


Social Psychology Major Disadvantage Child Patient 
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© Human Sciences Press 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah L. Callanan
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  1. 1.Dept. of PediatricsMedical College of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

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