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September 2, 1939

Play Therapy in Childhood

JAMA. 1939;113(10):969. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800350079042

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Maladjustments in childhood have only recently attracted the attention of psychologists. The first psychologic clinic for children in the United States was formed in 1896. The work has developed and spread rapidly since that time, but the methods of treatment have not kept pace with the demands for therapy. Play therapy is one of the later additions to the methods employed for correction of maladjustment. In this book it is pointed out that it offers a twofold use: (1) as a means of treatment and (2) as a means of observation which will permit further understanding of the child. It is emphasized that play therapy is suitable only in certain cases of maladjustment and is not to be selected for children who might be expected to respond to simpler methods. The book begins with a historical summary, then follows with a description of clinical cases and ends with final conclusions

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