February 9, 1952

The Child Guidance Approach to Juvenile Delinquency

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By Eugene Davidoff and Elinor S. Noetzel. Cloth. $4.50. Pp. 173. Child Care Publications, 30 West 58th St., New York 19, 1951.

JAMA. 1952;148(6):499. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930060081033

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The authors' experiences in the outpatient department of a psychopathic hospital and the general conclusions drawn from their experiences are described in this volume. The period of activity covers the years 1936 to 1942; some chapters of the book have already appeared in technical publications. Perhaps the most important contributions are the specific and detailed directions regarding the medical, psychological, and social handling of juvenile delinquents. There is helpful guidance on organization of child guidance clinics, as well as recommendations regarding the functions of the psychiatrist, psychologist, and social worker and their interrelationships. Extensive consideration is given to various forms of juvenile conduct disorders and their management. An especially interesting chapter describes a detailed follow-up of 374 hospital admissions, with tabulations of adjustments made over a 14 year period. This volume should be of interest to all workers in this field.

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