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September 1961

Counseling in Pediatrics: Early Child Rearing Problems of a Mother Who Grew Up in a Broken Home

Author Affiliations

Mary E. Bergen, M.S.W., University Hospitals of Cleveland, 2065 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, Ohio.; Division of Psychiatry, Western Reserve University.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(3):308-312. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010310005

One of the least-defined areas in pediatrics is the role of the pediatric practitioner in psychological counseling—in regard to behavior problems and child development generally. This is not surprising in view of the complexities of the human psyche and the lack of agreement which still exists between different schools of thought in the disciplines of psychiatry, social work, and psychology, about the dynamics of counseling. This broad subject is the main concern of a child rearing study being conducted at University Hospitals of Cleveland, by staff members from the Department of Pediatrics (4 in number) and the Section of Psychiatry (7 in number) of Western Reserve University. Each of them is acting as counselor to 2 young families starting with their first child. In the interest of close contact and unhurried visits, each mother is seen (with or without her child) for an hour every other week, on the average.

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