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October 16, 1954

The Emotional Problems of Children: A Guide for Parents

JAMA. 1954;156(7):749. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950070077025

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This volume provides guidance for parents who are confused or disturbed by activities of their children that may be interpreted as abnormal. The first section of the book devotes four chapters to normal evolution. These cover the first year of life, the child from 1 to 6, from 6 to 12, and adolescence. There is helpful clarification of reactions and attitudes that may be expected during these various periods. In the second section, what may be considered "run-of-the-mill" problems are discussed, with chapters on toilet training, masturbation, jealousy, discipline, and related topics. In addition, there are discussions of adoption, problems associated with illness, nursery schools, maternal overprotection, and feeding problems. Helpful orientation is provided in the third and last section of the volume, to which specialists in child work have contributed. Under the general consideration of emotional health background, development of personality is described, and information is given on when

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