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August 4, 1951

Problems of Infancy and Childhood: Transactions of the Fourth Conference, March 6-7, 1950, New York, N. Y.

JAMA. 1951;146(14):1360-1361. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670140086032

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This book provides a verbatim transcript of three papers dealing with the development of behavior patterns and of personality, along with the attendant discussion. The titles and authors of the papers are "Cultural Determination of Parental Attitudes: the Relationship Between the Social Structure, Particularly Family Structure and Parental Behavior," by George Peter Murdoch and John W. M. Whiting; "A Consideration of Some Problems in the Ontogeny of Family Life and Social Adjustments in Various Infra-Human Animals," by T. C. Schneirla, and "Working Toward Healthy Personality," by Laurence K. Frank. The essayists and those who participated in the discussion are highly skilled experts from the fields of the social sciences and the medical specialties. Although each paper might be considered independently from the others, for the purpose of this review the substance of the conference may be considered best as a whole.

Personality was considered to relate to various factors: biologic

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