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July 15, 1950

Personality Maladjustments and Mental Hygiene: A Textbook for Students of Mental Hygiene, Psychology, Education, Sociology, and Counseling

JAMA. 1950;143(11):1036. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910460094031

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The author, a psychologist, presents his views and concepts of what constitutes mental health and how to preserve it, as well as what is meant by personality maladjustment and how to correct it. The text is amply illustrated by "case histories," and the author attempts to organize the material to help the student use it for reference in his undergraduate work. Its didactic nature should have considerable appeal to the student even though it points up some of the difficulties one encounters in categorizing such subject matter.

In the preface to the second edition mention is made, somewhat apologetically, that the chapters on psychoanalysis had been retained because students continue to show interest in them; they had been placed at the end so as to be omitted if such is desired. This attitude illustrates the general psychologic orientation of the author, which places a good ideal of importance on early

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