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Childcare, Sheerer

Early fulltime childcare as an ambivalent enterprise

by Ann Kathrin Scheerer

"Ambivalence means, to put it crudely, that one does not really know what to make of something: are we dealing with something good or something bad. Just as the feelings that the idea of fulltime daycare ("Krippe") in earliest childhood evokes in us - and we experience this everywhere in the public debate -- whether "Krippe" is good or bad depends entirely on the individual case, on the people involved and the quality of their relationships with each other. One can find fulltime daycare - then of course organized in small groups - that leaves an impression of a holding, calm atmosphere that is oriented towards the needs of the babies and toddlers (fulltime daycare in a "Kinderkrippe" means children from eight weeks to 2 1/2 years of age). However the impression can vary again, depending on whether you visit the "Krippe" in the morning or in the afternoon. And one can find "Kinderkrippen" - and this is rather the norm under current conditions - in which you get an impression that due to the miserable conditions - and I`d like to put it frankly here - something evil is at work. ... We, as psychoanalysts, treat patients that often had insufficient experience in relating when they were small, which then laid the foundation for future suffering. There is much talk about depression as the "public disease no. 1", but there seems to be a lack of reflection on how much the early loss of relating and attachment is behind this symptom. Even though we do not state a monocausal connection here, we cannot deny our knowledge about autobiographical context. full text in German

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