Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1981; 22(3):219-232
Reproduced with permission of the Journal, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com.
I. Kolvin and T. Fundudis,"Elective mute children: psychological development and background factors", Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 22, No. 3, pp 219-232, (Pergamon Press 1981).
There are many forms of mutism. For convenience, mutism may be divided into that with a presumed biological basis and that which is considered to be psychological. The first type includes mutism which is sometimes associated with profound deafness, serious mental handicap, infantile autism or akinetic mutism.