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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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DONELLI, Tagma Marina Schneider. Considerations on clinical psychology with infants who experienced neonatal hospitalization. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2011, vol.4, n.2, pp. 228-241. ISSN 1983-8220.

In the study of infant and young child's psychopathology, the psychofunctional symptoms are understood as indicators of temporary or permanent problems at the level of the interactional exchanges among parents and infant. In this sense, any event representing a threat to these exchanges between the infant and its parents, such as the hospitalization of the infant in the neonatal period, deserves attention and investigation. Therefore, assuming that the initial relations between the infant and its caretakers are structuring, constituting the human psyche and potentially responsible for the current and future mental health of the infant, this article intends, starting from a brief review on the literature, to approach the specificities of clinical psychology with the infant, the symptom of the infant, and the problems of the diagnosis in first infancy, reflecting on the possible psychological implications and symptomatic manifestations in the infant who experienced neonatal hospitalization.

Keywords : Infants; Psychofunctional Symptoms; Neonatology; Clinical Psychology.

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