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October 2, 1937

Psychiatric Social Service in a Children's Hospital: Two Years of Service in Bobs Roberts Memorial Hospital for Children, University of Chicago Clinics

JAMA. 1937;109(14):1149. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780400065030

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Abstract

This monograph records the experience of the Child Guidance Clinic of the Bobs Roberts Memorial Hospital of the University of Chicago Clinics. The practical experiments described followed the recognition of the necessity for combined psychologic and pediatric knowledge and skill in the furtherance, growth and development of the child. In the beginning an effort was made to have all patients referred to the psychiatric social worker, who could later arrange for the services of a psychologist and psychiatrist. A few patients were referred directly from the outpatient clinic to the psychiatrist by physicians. Service was established primarily to meet the needs of the pediatrician in the children's hospital. Patients referred to it had been admitted either to the hospital or to its outpatient department. The staff comprised a psychiatrist giving half time, a psychologist giving half time and psychiatric social worker giving half time, assisted by students in psychiatric social

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