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January 1931

Problem Tendencies in Children. A Method for Their Measurement and Description.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;25(1):225. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230010237031

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This book reports an attempt to determine problem tendencies in children by the use of a rating scale. The first part of the book describes the method. Two schedules are used: one consists of a record of specific overt acts of misbehavior, and the other of a rating in personal traits. The two are related statistically so that the rating in the child's characteristics gives a score that serves as a problem-tendency indication. The author applied this rating scale to the pupils of fifteen schools and concluded that the validity of the score has been supported by clinical studies and by the subsequent testing of the children. The remainder of the book is devoted to an analysis of the results in terms of such variables as age, grade, sex, achievement and intelligence. The ratings were affected by or related to sex (boys having a higher degree of problem tendency than

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