The ideas and conclusions expressed in this paper have been reached as the result of five years' experience in a clinic dealing only with the child of preschool age. The results of this experience have been to convince me that the emotional side of the child at this age, which marks the transition from the dependence of infancy to the quasi-independence of preschool life, is of more importance than the purely physical. Neurotic habits among children and adults have definitely increased in the last decade, probably as a result of a variety of causes. Among these causes, factors that especially affect the emotional life of the child, may be the increasing number of only children and the confining and repressing influence of apartment and hotel life, with the consequence of adult companionship for the child and lack of normal outdoor play. Added to these is the general, only partly postwar,
HUENEKENS EJ. THE PRESCHOOL CHILD: WITH ESPECIAL REFERENCE TO ITS EMOTIONAL LIFE AND HABIT PROBLEMS. JAMA. 1925;85(7):481–484. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670070001001
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