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December 8, 1951

GENERAL PRACTITIONER'S ROLE IN MANAGEMENT OF PERSONALITY PROBLEMS OF ADOLESCENTS

Author Affiliations

White Plains, N. Y.

From the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

JAMA. 1951;147(15):1424-1428. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670320024010
Abstract

The general practitioner, who sees more adolescent patients than any other medical specialist, should accept the challenge which the problems of adolescence present. Because of the continuity of contact with the child, and his parents and siblings, the general practitioner is in a favorable position to contribute both to the solution and prevention of emotional problems arising in this 13 to 18-year-old age group. This paper does not seek to offer a comprehensive psychological evaluation of adolescence but rather limits discussion to those problems which the general practitioner could manage within his limitations of time and training.

PERSONALITY PROBLEMS OF ADOLESCENTS  The beginning of adolescence1 brings about very definite physical manifestations, but changes in personality occurring at this time are not so abrupt as is frequently thought. Personality and emotional disturbances evident during adolescence are usually a continuation or reactivation of infantile and early childhood conflicts. At times, however,

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