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August 1950

THE PEDIATRICIAN IN THE ROLE OF PSYCHOLOGIST AND EDUCATOR

Author Affiliations

Psychological Consultant, Cerebral Palsy Preschool Center, Lenox Hill Hospital NEW YORK

Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(2):238-244. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020247003
Abstract

IN THIS paper are discussed some findings obtained in a recent study1 of factors in the relations between the pediatrician and the child and between the pediatrician and the mother that have a bearing on the psychologic and educational role of the pediatrician.

The study focuses on the mother's concerns regarding her baby, what the pediatrician does in practice, the pediatrician's manner of approach to the mother and the mother's behavior in relation to the pediatrician.

COMPOSITION OF THE SAMPLING  Clinics.—The data were collected in five well baby clinics connected with New York city hospitals and pertain to 19 physicians, 81 mothers and 81 babies. The clinics did not include any that are staffed by leading spokesmen of the newer philosophy of child care, for these clinics, headed by psychologically oriented pediatricians, still seem to be a small special group. There is reason to believe that the clinics

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