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May 20, 1961

Residential Treatment for the Disturbed Child: Basic Principles in Planning and Design of Programs and Facilities

JAMA. 1961;176(7):638. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040200074032

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This is a well-written and reasonably comprehensive book which deals with the basic principles in planning and in design of programs for the residential treatment of disturbed children. The author, director of the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School since 1941, devotes a good deal of the book to describing the past, the present, and some of the future hopes of his institution. This school has long been known for its pioneering efforts in the treatment of disturbed children, and its history is illuminating in regard to the many problems in this field of endeavor. Gradually over the years a therapeutic atmosphere replaced the older orientation and the move "from training to treatment" was really established in 1935. For the next 10 years there was an elaboration of this therapeutic orientation, with attempts to reconcile the old and the new methods. From 1945 on, there was still further elaboration of the treatment

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