The Family and Individual Development represents a decade of writing from a thinker who was at the peak of his powers as perhaps the leading post-war figure in developmental psychiatry. In these pages, Winnicott chronicles the complex inner lives of human beings, from the first encounter between mother and newborn, through the 'doldrums' of adolescence, to maturity. As Winnicott explains in his final chapter, the health of a properly functioning democratic society 'derives from the working of the ordinary good home.'

part |94 pages

Part 1

chapter 1|12 pages

The First Year of Life

Modern Views on the Emotional Development

chapter 3|9 pages

Growth and Development in Immaturity

chapter 4|4 pages

On Security

chapter 5|6 pages

The Five-Year-Old

chapter 8|8 pages

The Effect of Psychosis on Family Life

chapter 10|9 pages


Struggling through the Doldrums

chapter 11|7 pages

The Family and Emotional Maturity

part |75 pages

Part 2

chapter 14|7 pages

Advising Parents

chapter 15|11 pages

Casework with Mentally Ill Children

chapter 17|9 pages

Group Influences and the Maladjusted Child

The School Aspect