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August 1944


Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(2):86-101. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020080006002

If one were to make the statement that a child would get along well in the world if he had been brought up in a home which afforded him a high degree of emotional security, there would hardly be a dissenting voice. It has become a well accepted doctrine that the child who has obtained all the necessary satisfactions within his own home will be able to take his place in society without any difficulty. On closer scrutiny this doctrine is only a half truth, because if the child were afforded the satisfactions of his home to the exclusion of contacts outside of the home he would be woefully unprepared for meeting the vicissitudes of a complex society. Complete emotional growth of human beings requires transitional contacts that have inherently the capacity to resemble, on the one hand, the family group and, on the other hand, the elements of conglomerate

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