January 1953

Childhood Problems and the Teacher.

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By Charlotte Buhler, Faith Smitter, and Sybil Richardson. Price, $3.75. Pp. 372, with 41 illustrations. Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 257 4th Ave., New York 10, 1952.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(1):119-120. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070126014

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This book is a 1952 example of the collaboration of disciplines in an effort to understand children who are difficult to educate.

Charlotte Buhler, professor of psychiatry, Faith Smitter, director of child guidance, and Sybil Richardson, cooordinator of research, have analyzed the behavior problems of 114 children in a public school system.

Specific problems studied are distributed through ages 1 to 17 years, with nearly equal division of sexes. Problem behavior in children is interpreted from both biological and psychological aspects. Patterns of symptoms which occur together are presented to demonstrate what a teacher may handle successfully herself and what she should refer to outside authorities. It is pointed out that a teacher transmits to the children the culture of their time and of their country. Children who fail to react successfully to demands of our culture in the school system develop problem behavior. It is the teacher's responsibility to

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