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January 1936

The Adolescent in the Family: A Study of Personality Development in the Home Environment.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;35(1):213-214. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260010223021

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This report on personality development in the home environment is based on a wealth of material collected in a questionnaire study of approximately 13,000 public school children from a wide selection of cities, towns and rural communities. The children chosen were from the eighth, ninth and tenth grades. The facts brought out by the questionnnaire covered the physical environment of the home, together with the child's activities at home and his relationships with his parents. In addition, the teachers of the school grades surveyed supplied information on each child's physical handicaps, special abilities and disabilities and personality traits.

The breadth of the study and the large amount of significant material obtained make the findings of great importance for psychiatrists, psychologists and educators. The first outstanding finding is that the externals of home life, for example, the housing arrangements, are not nearly so significant for the personality development of the child

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