Extended Hospitalization of Failure to Thrive Infants: Patterns of Care and Developmental Outcome

  • Lynn Singer


Infants who fail to thrive without diagnosable physical disease remain a frequent and frustrating treatment dilemma for pediatric and psychological practitioners, and have generated a large and expanding body of clinical research over the past decade. By far, much of the extant literature on psychosocial FTT has focused on the etiological factors associated with the condition (Barbero & Shaheen, 1967; Bullard et al., 1967; Evans, Reinhart & Succop, 1972; Fischoff, Whitten & Pettit, 1971; Leonard, Rhymes & Solnit, 1966), the developmental sequelae for those children who experience growth failure in infancy (Drotar, Malone & Negray, 1979; Elmer, Gregg & Ellison, 1969; Singer & Fagan, 1984), and innovative intervention and treatment modes drawn from a variety of theoretical frameworks (Fraiberg, 1981; Ramey et al., 1975; Drotar et al., 1979).


Foster Care Growth Failure Parental Home Foster Home Maternal Deprivation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn Singer
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Rainbow Babies’ and Children’s HospitalClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Case Western Reserve University School of MedicineClevelandUSA

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