Author: William Goldfarb
Childhood schizophrenia covers a wide range of the most extreme forms of behavior disorder in children in the period between birth and pubescence. In psychiatric discussion, it is sometimes known by other names as well, for
example, “childhood psychosis.” All these names refer to a very wide variety of disorders, so that it is usually uncertain what specific range of deviations is covered in the use of these terms. However, most workers with particular interest in this broad range of childhood deviancy have doubts about the usefulness of applying in mechanical and uncritical fashion to the condition of childhood schizophrenia the principles and facts that pertain to the symptoms, processes, and etiology of adult schizophrenia.