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July 17, 1948

The Impact of a Children's Story on Mothers and Children

JAMA. 1948;137(12):1094. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890460090034

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Among the newer psychologic technics is work of the type exemplified by this study. The story concerned the birth of a second child in the family. It was tested on 10 children aged 4 years— 5 boys and 5 girls—with their mothers. The reactions of the child and the mother were then reported and studied. The study indicated that resistances against the story developed in the mothers and transmitted themselves to the children, which made possible rewriting of the story to meet the needs. Conflicts were apparently created in the children, and other important psychologic observations were also made.

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