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January 1930

Children's Behavior and Teachers' Attitudes.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;23(1):214-216. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220070217015

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This short monograph is one of the few oustanding contributions to the field of social psychiatry, particularly that dealing with behavior problems in children, because it lays emphasis on the concept that problems of personality and behavior in children are fixed and accentuated, if not actually produced, by the attitudes of adults toward the children and toward their behavior, certain phases of which may be normal childish characteristics. As the author points out in the introduction, personal and social attitudes are important factors in the solution of any human problem, but whereas the influence of attitudes toward physical and mental disorders affects chiefly the treatment of these diseases, attitudes toward behavior are an integral part of behavior disorders.

Behavior in the social sense is a socially evaluated and socially regularized product, and behavior problems represent conflicts between individual behavior and social requirements for behavior; the very existence of a behavior

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