March 1955

Aggression, Hostility, and Anxiety in Children.

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By Lauretta Bender, M.D. Price, $5.50. Pp. 184, with 13 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1954.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(3):396-397. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110462027

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In this book, Dr. Bender gives a distillation of more than 20 years' experience with large numbers of disturbed children in the Children's Department of the Psychiatric Division of Bellevue Hospital. She gives summaries and examples of her group studies on 260 children and follow-up and reexaminations of 50 of these children. She also gives a thorough review of the literature on the subject of aggression, hostility, and anxiety in children. Her bibliography is very extensive, and anyone interested in this particular aspect of child behavior cannot afford to pass up this excellent study.

This book would be of small value to the pediatrician who has not had some training and experience with emotionally disturbed children. Since treatment of the problem is so specialized, one could put his time to more profitable use by reading texts and reports of a more general nature. Dr. Bender's work, especially in the first

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