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May 1962

Services for Children with Emotional Disturbances.

Am J Dis Child. 1962;103(5):726. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080020741020

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During the past several years, a series of brief but surprisingly inclusive publications has appeared under the auspices of the Committee on Child Health of the American Public Health Association. Each has aimed to present a "philosophy about services" for children with "special problems," i.e., cerebral palsy, visual problems, cleft palate, etc. All have been directed to those "professional persons whose opinions singly or jointly help determine the extent, coverage, content and operation of community services." This latest addition has as its stated aim "to present a summary of current knowledge and points of view about children who are handicapped by their emotional problems and to stimulate thoughtful discussion about ways of providing services to help them."

The content progresses from definition and scope of emotional disturbances through the "conventional wisdom" as to cause, takes a quick glance at case findings, dwells briefly on diagnosis and treatment, moves on through

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