The excellent press reviews for the “Boarding School Syndrome” by Joy Schavieren


Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged’ Child

The new book, by SAP member Prof Joy Schavieren, has been given an excellent press reviews. It will be followed with the Conference: Boarding School Syndrome: Post-Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives. The main presenter will be Joy Schavieren with the response by Francis Grier. The Conference will be chaired by Catherine Crowther. See below for more information about the book and the conference.

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For many years I have observed the lasting damaging psychological effects of boarding schools on those who attended them. In my private practice I have frequently encountered those who were traumatised by the experience. In an article published in the British Journal of Psychotherapy in May 2011 I introduced the term Boarding School Syndrome to identify a set of lasting psychological problems that are observable in adults who, as children , were sent away from their home at an early age to boarding schools. This term has drawn a great deal of media interest being quoted in the national and international press.

Joy Schavieren

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Publications by Joy Schaverien on boarding school syndrome


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Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged’ Child

NEW BOOK ON BOARDING SCHOOL SYNDROME Published by Routledge in June 2015

This book is an analysis of the trauma of the “privileged” child sent to boarding school at a young age. Innovative and challenging it offers a new understanding of a long-established British and colonial tradition. Richly illustrated with pictures and the narratives of adult ex-boarders it shines a psychological light on this time-honoured practice. Readable and accessible, it demonstrates how some forms of enduring distress may be traced back to the early losses of home and family.

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  • Boarding School Syndrome: Broken Attachements a Hidden Trauma - Joy Schaverien, British Journal of Psychotherapy Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 138–155, May 2011
  • Boarding school: the trauma of the ‘privileged’ child - Joy Schaverien, The Journal of Analytical Psychology Volume,49, Issue 5, pp 683-706, November 2004


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