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Book Reviews
January 1948

Studies of the "Free" Art Expression of Behavior Problem Children and Adolescents as a Means of Diagnosis and Therapy.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(1):123. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020132016

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Abstract

Problems in behavior can be found in almost any American household in which there are growing children. Unacceptable behavior is attributed generally to a feeling of insecurity and frustration. The child finds himself in conflict with his surroundings, and the end result expresses itself in bizarre patterns of physical, emotional and/or social reactions. In civilized society, insecurity and frustration of varying nature and degree are, realistically speaking, unavoidable. In fact, the competitive system operates on the premise that to some extent a feeling of insecurity is the incentive to individual progress and self improvement.

Growing up is no simple process in a world of confused parents, overworked teachers, hard-boiled law enforcement officers, maudlin social workers and others who, in their own struggles with insecurities and frustrations, sit in judgment on child conduct. No one familiar with the basic human impulses and strivings toward successful maturity can ignore the multitude of

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