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Studies in the psychology of dwarfism

II. Personality maturation and response to growth hormone treatmentin hypopituitary dwarfs
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    * Address, Phipps 400, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md. 21205.
    John Money
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    * Address, Phipps 400, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md. 21205.
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    Department of Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md. USA

    Department of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md. USA
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  • Ernesto Pollitt
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    Department of Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md. USA

    Department of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md. USA
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    * Address, Phipps 400, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md. 21205.
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      Seventeen dwarfs, who were treated with human growth hormone, were investigatedpsychologically. The degree of psychomaturation achieved tended to parallel the degree to which the dwarf had been treated socially according to age and not size. Psychopathology, when present, was of the inhibitive, dissociative type, with constriction of the cognitive field; aggression and acting out were conspicuously absent. Psychosis was absent. The expectancies and consequences of treatment, including the increased growth, constitute a readjustment syndrome which is helped by psychologic counseling.
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