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February 16, 1946

Adult Adjustment of Foster Children of Alcoholic and Psychotic Parentage and the Influence of the Foster Home

JAMA. 1946;130(7):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870070084033

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This excellent study touches on a matter of primary importance in medical psychology: "The problem of the relative influence of heredity and environment on the course and outcome of human lives." It is, in essence, a sociopsychologic, statistical survey which has a bearing on matters often—and without foundation—regarded as foreign to medical science. The adjustment of the child who has been handicapped not by tangible, immediately observable and frequently organic limitations but of the one who is impeded by the imponderable and abstract features of living is an extremely significant avenue for research. When it is considered that the authors of this study had to channel new avenues toward their goal and to work with specially fashioned and self-admittedly inadequate tools, one is pleased and surprised with the results as regards both the matters at hand and the directions implied. The single criticism applies to the bibliography, which is lacking

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