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March 28, 1931


Author Affiliations

Director, Division on Community Clinics, the National Committee for Mental Hygiene NEW YORK

JAMA. 1931;96(13):997-999. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720390007003

The terms child guidance clinic and community clinic are practically synonymous. They are psychiatric clinics concerned with the behavior disorders of children. They imply a responsibility for more than diagnosis and treatment by a physician. The staff of these clinics is made up of psychiatrists, psychologists who conduct and interpret objective approaches to the evaluation chiefly of intelligence, performance capacities and achievements, social workers who carry examination and treatment beyond the confines of the quarters of the clinic, and sometimes a pediatrician. Essential is the fact that these persons work not as independent consultants but as a coordinate unit, making really one examination, one report and one plan of treatment. Even further than this, the community in many instances becomes functionally a part of the staff of the clinic or vice versa.

It is quite impossible to understand the rôle of the community clinic in improving the mental health of

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