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November 25, 1950

Psychology and Mental Health: A Contribution to Developmental Psychology

JAMA. 1950;144(13):1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920130088043

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Abstract

This book reflects the concepts and practice of an experienced worker in the field of medical psychology, as well as the substance of certain lectures given by him in the course of 20 years at the University of London. The author deals primarily with psychopathology and the causes of mental disorder, as they relate to mental health. He confines himself to that segment of psychiatric inquiry pertaining to the psychoneuroses and behavior disorders, since in his judgment these are derived for the most part from environmental conditions and are therefore more accessible to prevention and cure than the more constitutionally determined psychoses. He lays special emphasis on predisposing causes in early childhood and on the psychology of the individual. He believes that by working out in the individual the causes of disorder and breakdown, clues may be found to causes of neurosis and unrest in the community.

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