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July 24, 1948

Developing Your Child's Personality

JAMA. 1948;137(13):1170. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890470070029

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Abstract

This is a pleasantly written discussion of early training and rearing of children. The emphasis is upon the parent's responsibility for healthy emotional and social growth of the child, as the title indicates. The author starts with "Planning for Parenthood," and the final chapter is "Preparing for the Second Child." The material presented in this book is good and can be profitably read by expectant parents or parents of small children. An easy, chatty style in which the reader is consistently addressed in the second person is generally acceptable, though the reader at times feels that he is being lectured. The author makes of baby rearing something relatively simple, a pleasant experience for parent and child. On the whole; this is a good attitude to adopt in talking with parents. But the author overlooks or ignores, at least in this book, the deeper powerful influences of family relationships as they

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