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May 1931

The Psychiatric Study of Problem Children.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;25(5):1173. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230050249020

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This monograph, published by the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene, is (as the authors state in the preface) an attempt to present a general outline of the methods approved by qualified workers for the examination of children who present psychiatric problems. It is divided into three parts. Part 1 deals with the methods employed in the study of the patient—physically, biochemically, psychologically and psychiatrically—and the environment to which he is and has reacted. Part 2 describes clinical types of problem children. The authors have classified these into five types: (1) with physical etiologic factors, (2) with mental deficiency, (3) with other variations in intelligence, (4) with other mental and environmental causes and (5) behavior disorders. Part 3 is devoted to the question of treatment.

The book is intended as an outline of examination methods and as such it should be of value to physicians, psychologists, social workers and