The haircut: Its meaning in childhood

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This article is an attempt towards understanding precipitants of anxiety experienced by a child when he gets a haircut. The danger posed by this experience is compared to a surgical procedure and seen as unique because unlike surgery, a haircut is not actually painful. Nonetheless, haircuts can precipitate great anxiety in children. Some sources of the anxiety caused by haircuts across libidinal lines of development are considered, and examples are presented. Ways to help ease the anxiety of this experience are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-279
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1984
Externally publishedYes


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