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August 4, 1951

Somatic Development of Adolescent Boys: A Study of the Growth of Boys During the Second Decade of Life.

JAMA. 1951;146(14):1362. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670140088037

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This volume presents observations recorded by the California Adolescent Study undertaken jointly by the Institute of Child Welfare of the University of California, and the public schools of Oakland, Calif. The purpose of the seven year research program was to present a longitudinal study of adolescents. The book includes a wealth of data on somatic and social development collected on the same persons in the course of semiannual physical examinations and by observations made in the classroom, during recreation, and in the home. Included also are a number of serial photographic records and a detailed account of one of the subjects to show how personal-social relations may bear a close relation to the timing and configuration of somatic growth patterns. Emphasis throughout the book is placed on the broader scope of the "longitudinal" studies of children as compared with the older, cross-sectional type of study. This book should be of

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