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[Growth retardation of psychosocial origin. Clinical and biological aspects in four cases].

Authors
  • de Kerdanet, M
  • Seveno, T
  • Lecornu, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pédiatrie
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1993
Volume
48
Issue
11
Pages
783–787
Identifiers
PMID: 8058437
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Four cases of psychosocial dwarfism are reported. The growth follow-up of these four children does not fit to the classical description of rapid improvement once separated from their defective or careless family. This illustrates the difficulties for some children to adapt themselves to a foster family and the need to refer them to an institutional center in order to solve their different somatic, nutritional and psychological problems, together with those of their family. In such cases the important growth retardation and hormonal changes may hide severe psychopathological troubles such as hyperkinetic syndrome, anxiety and, possibly, depression.

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