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June 2, 1951

Symposium on the Healthy Personality: Transactions of Special Meetings of Conference on Infancy and Childhood June 8-9 and July 3-4, 1950, New York, N. Y.

JAMA. 1951;146(5):506. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670050088035

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Abstract

To lay a factual background for the consideration of "healthy personality development of children and youth" and "how can we rear an emotionally healthy generation," a group of neuropsychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychologists, pediatricians, obstetricians, anthropologists and sociologists met with members of the Fact Finding Committee of the Midcentury White House Conference and its staff. This volume is a stenographic report of the papers and discussions of these two meetings.

The first meeting concerned the discussion of a preliminary report on "Growth and Crisis" by Erik H. Erikson, a psychoanalyst with the Institute on Personality Assessment and Research of the University of California, Berkeley, Calif. He presented the criteria of a healthy personality in the eight stages of development at which he feels a person passes through a developmental crisis. His colleagues discuss his point of view very critically, with the hope of making his final report, which follows this discussion, more

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