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December 28, 1940

Sex in Development: A Study of the Growth and Development of the Emotional and Sexual Aspects of Personality Together with Physiological, Anatomical, and Medical Information on a Group of 153 Normal Women and 142 Female Psychiatric Patients

JAMA. 1940;115(26):2305. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810520067030

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Abstract

Here is the report of a research carried out under the auspices of a special committee of the National Research Council. Some 295 women were interviewed as to their sex life. They had physical and gynecologic examinations, and a number of experts in the field of sex study took part in an analysis of the results. It was, of course, impossible to submit each one of these women to a psychoanalysis. The method was instead the study and tabulation of material from medical and psychiatric case histories and reports. Each person interviewed was presented with a series of cards. Each card contained a single question. The answers were recorded verbatim. Next came an interview with questions concerning the facts and fantasies related to psychosexual development. The interview was supplemented by two questionnaires, one dealing with vocational interest and the other with a marriage inventory. Then came physical examination, roentgenologic studies

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