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July 9, 1932

A Comparative Study of a Nursery-School Versus a Non-Nursery-School Group.

JAMA. 1932;99(2):160. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740540068041

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The object of this study was to determine whether or not there are measurable differences in growth and development between children 2 and 3 years of age attending nursery schools and children of the same age who do not attend such schools. Psychologic tests, medical examinations and home observations of the children were carried out, while a social history, including a record of environmental factors regarding the home and family life, were obtained. As a result of this study it was found that, so far as physical growth was concerned, the two groups were about equal. Nor was there any marked difference between the nursery school group and the other children in mental growth. However, the nursery school children seemed to show improvement through the elimination of undesirable habits and the acquiring of more good habits. This study is too limited to allow definite conclusions to be drawn as to

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