expendable child syndrome

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expendable child syndrome 

PSYCHIATRY

Definition A term coined by Sabbath (1969) for adolescents who feel that they were unwanted and/or a burden on their family–i.e., expendable, which may be a contributing factor for adolescent suicide attempts.

Synonym Expendable adolescent syndrome

Reference J Pediatr Psychol. 1990 Dec;15(6):789-96

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