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May 30, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(5):470-471. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690050094020

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Mental Hygiene Census.  —What do mothers of neurotic children know about the prevention of neuroses among them? This question occurred to Dr. Steen Warthoe, of the Martinsvej Children's Hospital, as he reflected on the educational facilities available for the children admitted for nervous ailments to hospital in the period 1949-1951. To answer this question he promoted a census among the mothers of these children, addressing to each mother a questionnaire, which may thus be summarized: As your child has been admitted to hospital for a nervous ailment, and as we have started an investigation of such ailments in children, would you kindly tell us whether you or your husband had received any information about the psychology or educational problems of children before your child was admitted to this hospital? If so, did you get this information from newspapers and other printed matter, from radio talks, or from other lectures? Did

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