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November 1940

Child Psychology for Professional Workers.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(5):1233-1234. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000050217020

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This book was written for professional laymen—social workers, teachers, nurses and clinicians, who are professional workers in their own fields but laymen in other fields. For years the author has been engaged in clinical psychologic service for children and has taught child psychology. She now writes this textbook, which is designed to acquaint workers with normal children and to prepare them for understanding and helping abnormal children.

A social worker finds here a brief but lucid explanation of the principles of heredity against which he can check his knowledge of the subject. The chapter on "The Child and His Home" includes a discussion on the "good" and the "bad" qualities of a home. This discussion would be helpful to a worker who had to decide whether a child should remain in his own home or be placed in a foster home. In spite of dire poverty and ill health, a

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