DYTRYCH, MATEJCEK : « Unwanted Children » (Nechtěné děti)

Zpravy, Prague, 1975.

In this book, Professors Dytrych and Matějček drew attention to whate they termed « psychological sub-deprivation ». This term is explained on the basis of findings assembled in a series of research investigations, the object of which were relatively large samples of children growing up in families under less favourable emotional circumstances – children born from unwanted pregnancies, children from families of alcoholics, children of illegitimate birth, children followed up after the parents’ divorce. They represent the danger of a less favourable psychosocial development in a not negligible part of the child population, the potential source of more serious social pathology and the danger of transmission to the next generation.

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