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RIANI, Anna  and  CAROPRESO, Fatima. Early mental development and the risk of psychosis from a psychoanalytic perspective. Mental [online]. 2012, vol.10, n.19, pp. 249-265. ISSN 1679-4427.

The objective of this article is to resume and discuss some hypotheses about early mental development and the risk of psychosis made by some psychoanalytic authors concerned with these issues, especially Margaret Mahler, Donald Winnicott, Renè Spitz and Arminda Aberastury. First, we describe and discuss the stages of development during the first year of life which are regarded as typical of normal children's mental development. Next, we approach the question of possible failures in this development that could be associated with psychosis according to the authors mentioned above.

Keywords : Psychoanalysis; mental development; psychosis; Donald Winnicott; Margareth Mahler.

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