chapter  21
Swedish Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a Holistic Approach to the Study of Child Development
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In Sweden, child and adolescent psychiatry developed as a medical discipline from four different sources with a common interest in children’s development, their social adjustment, and their mental health. These origins, in pediatrics, education, psychology, social work, and psychiatry may well explain why the embryo of a multidisciplinary view already existed on child development during the 1930s with the establishment of psychiatric teams. In these teams a teacher, a psychologist, a social worker, and a doctor (a pediatrician or a psychiatrist) worked together in evaluating children’s psychopathology. In the course of treatment a multidisciplinary view was established. This was influenced by “curative education,” the first paradigm of Swedish child and adolescent psychiatry.