By Edgar James Swift, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology in Washington University. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 431. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1930.
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The modern child is receiving plenty of attention from a dozen different schools of child training. Dr. Swift has had considerable experience in writing for the general reader. His work indicates thorough acquaintanceship with the literature of his subject. He realizes the importance of developing the child's personality and at the same time the great value of a social consciousness. The child is a combination of emotions, instincts and fears and on this basis it reflects its environment and birth. Discipline must be related to a thorough knowledge of these factors; habits must be established without breaking down personality. In all of this there is the danger of creating more difficulties than would otherwise have existed. Dr. Swift's work is both interesting and conservative.
The Psychology of Childhood.. JAMA. 1930;94(25):2018. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710510056028