July 2, 1927

Social Adjustment.

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By Robert Cloutman Dexter, Ph.D., Professor of Social and Political Science, Skidmore College. Cloth. Price, $3.50. Pp. 424. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927.

JAMA. 1927;89(1):52. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690010052038

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This volume is an attempt to answer the greatest question of all times; namely, why people go wrong. The answer, as given in the first chapter, is apparently that most of us have little knowledge as to how we should conduct ourselves toward our neighbors, or of the importance of the lives of others in controlling our own. Poverty, it is clear, is one of the greatest causes of dependency and is the result not only of economic factors but also of political, social, religious and similar causes. Dr. Dexter is convinced that private relief agencies have established a system by which public relief agencies will in the future take care of the indigent and the dependent. Much of the volume is devoted to the newer efforts to give the child a proper opportunity to develop along the most suitable lines. A special chapter deals with the problems of old

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