Psychosomatic Pathology as Developmental Failure : A Model for Research
The title of this symposium is a challenging one. Psychiatrists have long recognised the role of psychosocial stress as a factor in disease onset and the growth of “life change” research attests to this advance in understanding. The claim that psychological factors may play a part in determining which disease may afflict the person (the problem of specificity) is much more controversial. The notion that somatisation represents a deficiency of particular mental functions originating in the early stages of development is truly a matter of research, a matter to which speakers in this symposium are invited to offer their views.
KeywordsPersonality Disorder Psychosomatic Symptom Psychosomatic Disorder Transitional Object Developmental Failure
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