February 1976

Childhood Deprivation

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Department of Pediatrics and Family Medicine Program 885 South Ave Rochester, NY 14620


edited by Albert R. Roberts, 209 pp, $9.75, paper $6.95, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1974.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(2):219. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120030109023

The touching case of "Battered Freddy" sets the stage for Childhood Deprivation by its ability to shock and capture the reader. Albert R. Roberts, whose past books have focused on prison education programs, has edited and contributed to this important and timely book.

Many different types of deprivation are discussed in this work. Included in this very broad perspective of deprivation in children are not only physical abuse and emotional neglect, but also the psychological effects of separation, divorce, foster and institutional care, and death. Studies on the effects of extreme social isolation and emotional neglect on infants and children are reviewed and discussed in the opening chapters. Also included are chapters concerned with juvenile delinquency as a result of absent or inadequate parental care, with a look at deprivation in the affluent suburbs. Another chapter explores the effects on speech and language development in socially deprived or culturally disadvantaged

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