Development of an Infantile Psychosis film, 1963  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Development of an Infantile Psychosis film
1963 (inclusive)
1 film reel (15 minutes, 600 feet): color and black and white, sound; 16mm
Collection Number
The film is a study of John, a three year-old child who displays symptoms of "infantile psychosis"
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Access to the original film is restricted. A viewing copy is available for patron use.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Gordon D. Jensen, M.D., co-creator of the film, was affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and the Regional Primate Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The film is a case study of John, a four year-old child who displays symptoms of what is termed an "infantile psychosis." Film footage of the child spans the first four years of his life, and narration is used to explain the ways in which John's behavior differs from others in his age group. Strategies used to address this "psychosis" are discussed and displayed, and a prognosis is given at the close of the film.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The film was produced by the University of Washington at the Child Health Center and Clinic in Washington, and presented by the University of Washington School of Medicine. It was created by Gordon D. Jensen, M.D., with the assistance of Charlotte C. Pearson.

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VC450 1 Development of an Infantile Psychosis
The film begins with preschool children interacting with one another on a playground, accompanied by narration that details the typical behavior of a three year-old. A child named John -- also three -- is then shown playing alone on the same playground, and he is described as having an "infantile psychosis." The symptoms of this "psychosis" are detailed by the narration as we see John continue to play in ways that differ from the other children in his class. Home movie footage of John at 12-36 months is shown, and further narration explains the early signs of the diagnosis. The film concludes with observations of John at age four, and the narration explains that, despite some progress in the development of behavioral skills, the prognosis for the child remains "poor."
Original1 film reel (15 minutes, 600 feet) : color, black and white ; 16mm

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Behavior disorders in children--Case studies
  • Moving Image Collections (University of Washington)
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Motion pictures
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Jensen, Gordon D., (filmmaker)
    • Pearson, Charlotte C., (filmmaker)