PREMATURE MOURNING AND FAILURE TO MOURN: Their Relationship to Conflict Between Mothers and Intellectually Normal Children


Yale University Child Study Center, 333 Cedar St., New Haven, Conn. 06510


The significance of mourning as related to the condition of infants at birth is examined with respect to the incomplete working through of mourning reactions when a critically ill neonate survives, and the failure to mourn when defects are discovered in a newborn. Similar parent-child difficulties resulting from superficially opposite parental reactions to the psychological traumas are described, and suggestions for further study are offered.