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March 1939

Crooked Personalities in Childhood and After.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;57(3):730. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990030244026

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The aim of this book is to give a broad description of modern psychotherapy and clinical management of problem children.

After discussion of the general problem of maladjustment, chapters are devoted to a description of the theories of Freud, Jung and Adler. The author then describes the experimental approach to problems in the clinic, pointing out that the various theories can be fitted together in a scientific biologic background. McDougall's biologic approach to behavior, common nervous energy, Spearman's two factor theory, conditioned reflexes and temperament are described. Additional chapters are devoted to child guidance clinics, the role of the family, maladjustments, genius and society, and psychotherapy.

There are numerous case histories throughout the book. The fact that personality difficulties of adults originate in childhood is emphasized.

The author is a psychologist. In attempting to describe a psychiatric approach to behavior, combining clinical and academic attitudes and covering a wide range

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