May 4, 1935

The Adolescent in the Family: A Study of Personality Development in the Home Environment

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Report of the Subcommittee on the Function of Home Activities in the Education of the Child. E. W. Burgess, Ph.D., Chairman. White House Conference on Child Health and Protection. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 473. New York & London: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1934.

JAMA. 1935;104(18):1663. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760180095034

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Unlike many committee reports, this is not only a valuable collection of actual material but a readable report. Many of the facts established by the extensive surveys on which the report is based were known or generally suspected, but it is worth while to have them thus substantiated and assembled for the information of those whose work brings them in contact, and not infrequently in conflict, with the adolescent. On the whole, the American home seems not to deserve the severe condemnation so often meted out to it; on the other hand, there are many ways in which it could be bettered. Perhaps the most interesting of the conclusions from the report is the one which shows that the rural home, though externally appearing most solidly self contained, may in fact be less so than the city home which superficially gives the impression of being little if at all integrated,

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