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October 13, 1956

Treatment of the Child in Emotional Conflict

JAMA. 1956;162(7):694. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970240076033

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The author states on the jacket of this book that "one does not have to be a physician in order to do expert therapy in the field of emotional disturbances of children." By this he seems to mean that pyschologists, caseworkers, teachers, and others can make excellent contributions to some aspects of child guidance and the problems of neuroses and delinquency. Fortunately, however, in other sections of the book he gives full weight to the somatic aspects of child behavior with which only a physician can adequately deal. He commendably calls attention early in the volume to the fact that often such factors may even outweigh parental influences and that a sick or disturbed child may so mistreat his parents that only secondarily do they become rejecting, overprotective, or otherwise deviant in their familial relationships. Most of the book is devoted to descriptions and formulations of various types of behavior

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