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"Mama's Boy" Syndrome
AMAN U. KHAN
Am J Psychiatry 1971;128:712-717.
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Staff Child Psychiatrist, Children's Memorial Hospital, 2300 Children's Plaza, Chicago, Ill. 60614, and Associate Psychiatrist, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Medical School

1972, American Psychiatric Association

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The author traces the dependent mother-child interaction that develops during the child's infancy and results in a critical social deficit for the child. Most of the 13 children studied did not improve with outpatient therapy but did benefit from short-term hospitalization. The author concludes that hospitalization of children with a mild symbiotic relationship and a great deal of ego differentiation is helpful in bringing about further growth and other social changes in their personal structures.

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