July 1963

The Widening World of Childhood.

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By Lois Barclay Murphy, PhD, and associates. Price, $10. Pp 399. Basic Books, Inc., 59 Fourth Ave, New York 3, 1962.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(1):102. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720130104013

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In recent years there has been a great increase in the number of publications dealing with socalled normal individuals. These range from studies of aging nursing-home inmates to college students on down to neonates. Perhaps the most thorough, thoughtful, and informative study is represented by a project of which the present book is a partial report. Lois Murphy and her associates in Topeka have intensively and extensively studied 32 children without overt neurotic symptoms. The time span is 12 years, the present report deals with preschool behavior, and the focus is on how young children behave in new situations with new children, new adults, and new experiences. It is to be emphasized that this is a longitudinal ongoing study and is only one of many publications dealing with these 32 children. Those who have read Brody's Patterns of Mothering and Escalona and Heider's Prediction and Outcome will recognize the

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