Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 316–321 | Cite as

Using the Science Fiction Film Invaders From Mars in a Child Psychiatry Seminar

  • Stephen A. Zerby
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The science fiction film Invaders From Mars is used to teach principles of child development; clinical features of separation anxiety and nightmares; and clinical interventions, including child psychotherapy, child protective issues, and crisis management.


Commercial films have been used as teaching aids in child psychiatry seminars. In this child psychiatry seminar, Invaders From Mars is viewed and relevant teaching points are discussed with child psychiatry residents.


The response of child psychiatry residents has been positive, with high ratings.


This film may serve as a useful tool for teaching child psychiatry residents principles of child development, clinical features of separation anxiety and nightmares and basic clinical interventions.


Academic Psychiatry Separation Anxiety Child Psychiatry Borderline Personality Disorder Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryCambridge HospitalCambridgeUSA

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