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November 1954

Personality Development in Adolescent Girls.

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By Lawrence K. Frank, Ross Harrison, Elizabeth Hellersberg, Karen Machover, and Meta Steiner. Price, not given. Pp. 316, with 25 illustrations. Child Development Publications, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, 1953.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;88(5):700-701. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100702016

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This is a very interesting study by indirect (projective) methods of the way girls at various stages of adolescence think and feel about themselves and the world around them. The subjects were 300 girls, equally divided into three groups: (1) prepuberal, 10.6 to 14.5 years of age, who had not yet reached the menarche, (2) puberal, 10.6 to 15.5 years of age, who had recently begun menstruation, (3) adolescent, 17 to 19.11 years of age, who had established menstrual cycles and had presumably passed the menarche several years earlier. They came from all social-economic levels, although there were proportionately somewhat more from the middle and upper than from the lower economic groups. The published figures are not complete, but it appears that there is a somewhat greater number of girls from Jewish family backgrounds than is true of the population as a whole. The girls were taken by entire school

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