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January 18, 1941

Child Psychology for Professional Workers

JAMA. 1941;116(3):262. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820030084038

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While there have been many other textbooks written on the subject of child psychology, this is the first definitely directed toward aiding the social worker, physician and psychiatrist in evaluating the various points of information given in taking a history in a problem case. While most of the information given in the book describes the behavior of normal children, there is enough of the description of behavior problems and pathologic youngsters, and those having emotional conflicts, to be greatly revealing. The amount of systematic material collected between two covers which could be used to aid the social worker in finding out the meaning of the various traits has been extremely limited. While every trained worker in the field and, of course, the trained pediatrician and child psychiatrist have learned by bitter experience or perusal of the literature what the effect, for instance, of crippling might be, there has been no

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