February 1, 1941

Psychiatric Clinics for Children with Special Reference to State Programs

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By Helen Leland Witmer, Ph.D., Research Associate, National Committee for Mental Hygiene. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 437. New York: Commonwealth Fund; London: Oxford University Press, 1940.

JAMA. 1941;116(5):449. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820050093030

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This work is based on studies of child guidance clinic services made by staff members of the National Committee for Mental Hygiene. It provides information for those interested in the extension of psychiatric clinic service to children, particularly in nonmetropolitan areas. The author discusses the theoretical and historical background of clinical child psychiatry and the evolution of psychiatric clinics for children. She particularly emphasizes the influence of the theories and activities of Adolph Meyer, "who exerted the greatest influence on the development of child psychiatry under state auspices." The more specific contributions of freudian psychology to American child psychiatry are conservatively and constructively presented.

The second general section is a survey of state financed psychiatric clinics for children. The author finds many limitations in the programs possible under state hospital auspices and concludes that "there was little evidence that state hospitals had been much influenced by child guidance theory and

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