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The vulnerable child syndrome.

The Vulnerable Child Syndrome Parents who believe their children have suffered a "close call" tend to be overly protective of their children. When carried to extreme, this situation is referred to as the "vulnerable child syndrome." The mothers of these children are less likely to leave them with anyone else, The children often are underachievers in school, have separation and discipline problems, and are overly concerned about illness. Infantilization (treating a child like an infant) is often seen. Parents are excessively protective, overly indulgent, and have difficulties setting limits for their child. Me child becomes overly dependent, disobedient, irritable, argumentative, and uncooperative.

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Publication:Pediatrics for Parents
Date:May 1, 1990
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