Meeting a Child's Eyes

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Why won't you look at me…why won't you take my eyes? —Justin Torres, We the Animals1 We begin the 2019 Book Forum the way I start each academic year with child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, pointing to a paper by a trusted mentor. Though it's been over two decades since Michael Jellinek published “Professional Identity: May the Force Be With Us…Always,” much in this short essay is timeless. I think specifically of Jellinek's idea that once we see a child, they matter to us. They “no longer can be defined as a statistic, cost, or disorder but instead (as a person who) elicits caring and attachment.”2

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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