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'''Sir Michael Rutter''' (born 1933) is the first consultant of child psychiatry in the [[United Kingdom]]. Although he has been described as the "father of child psychology"<ref name="AJP">Pearce, J (2005). Eric Taylor: The cheerful pessimist. Child and Adolescent Mental Health,Feb;10(1):40–41.[]</ref>, he would be more accurately characterized as the father of modern child psychiatry.
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Rutter’s work includes: early epidemiologic studies (Isle of Wight and Inner London); studies of autism involving a wide range of scientific techniques and disciplines, including DNA study and neuroimaging; links between research and practice; deprivation; influences of families and schools; genetics; reading disorders; biological, social protective, and risk factors; interactions of biological and social factors; stress; longitudinal as well as epidemiologic studies, including childhood and adult experiences and conditions; and continuities and discontinuities in normal and pathological development. The [[British Journal of Psychiatry]] credits him with a number of "breakthroughs"<ref name="BJP">Kolvin, I (1999). The contribution of Michael Rutter. [[British Journal of Psychiatry]], Jun;174:471-475.</ref> in these areas and Professor Sir Michael Rutter is also recognized as contributing centrally to the establishment of child psychiatry as a medical and biopsychosocial specialty with a solid scientific base<ref name="CJP">Hartman, L (2003). Review of Green & Yule, ''Research and Innovation on the Road to Modern Child Psychiatry''. Am J Psychiatry, Jan;160:196-197.[]</ref>.
He has published over 40 books including 'Maternal Deprivation Reassessed' (1972) <ref name="FJP">Rutter, M (1981) Maternal Deprivation Reassessed, Second edition, Harmondsworth, Penguin.</ref> which New Society describes as 'A classic in the field of child care'<ref name="FJP">Rutter (1981) Maternal Deprivation Reassessed, Second edition, Harmondsworth, Penguin.</ref>. In this work he re-evaluated the theory of [[Maternal deprivation|Maternal
Deprivation]] which had been developed by [[John Bowlby|Dr John Bowlby]] in 1951<ref name="DJP">Bowlby, J (1951) Maternal Care and Mental Health, World Health Organisation WHO</ref>. [[Image:HulaHoopKids.jpg|thumb|190px|Children playing|left]]Bowlby had proposed that “the infant and young child should experience a warm, intimate, and continuous relationship with his mother (or permanent mother substitute) in which both find satisfaction and enjoyment” and that not to do so may have significant and irreversible mental health consequences. He described this as the process of '[[monotropy]]'<ref name="BJB">Hayes, N. (1994) Foundations of Psychology, Routledge</ref>. This theory was both influential and controversial. Rutter highlighted the complexity of separation and suggested that anti-social behaviour was not linked to Maternal Deprivation and that fathers can be equally as important as mothers even to small children<ref name="BJA">Rutter, M. (1991) Maternal Deprivation Reassessed (Second Edition), Penguin Books</ref>.
Rutter has honorary degrees from the Universities of Leiden, Louvain, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Chicago, Minnesota, Ghent, Jyväskylä, Warwick, East Anglia and Cambridge. He has remained in practice until late into his career and the [[Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Adolescents]], based at [[Maudsley Hospital]], London, is named after him.
Rutter is an honorary member of the [[British Academy]] and is an elected Fellow of the [[Royal Society]]. He is a Founding Fellow of the [ Academia Europaea] and the [ Academy of Medical Sciences] and was knighted in 1992. The citation for his knighthood reads: Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.
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