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November 6, 1937

Personality and the Cultural Pattern

JAMA. 1937;109(19):1569. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780450073031

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Abstract

Dr. Plant has had a number of years' experience doing child guidance work; in fact, he was one of the earliest child guidance experts in this country. His clinic in Essex County, N. J., is a spendid example of work that can be done, yet Dr. Plant professes to be thoroughly disappointed in the psychiatric approach although he does not say so directly. He emphasizes that the individualization of the case and the so-called case history method, looking into the dynamisms of the individual, whether due to heredity or to environment, are in themselves inadequate. What one needs if one is to make an adequate study of any case is the careful analysis of, first of all, the personality as it is seen and, second, the influence of cultural and sociological processes on the individual. The earliest part of this volume deals with the general thesis emphasizing that the psychiatric

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