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July 1962

Study of Relations Between Psychologic Environment and Child Behavior: A Pediatric Procedure

Author Affiliations

N. B. Talbot, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Fruit St., Boston 14.; From the Children's Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School.

Am J Dis Child. 1962;104(1):12-20. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080030014003

Introduction  During the past 2 decades it has gradually developed that practicing pediatricians may spend as much as half or more of their time dealing with the behavioral problems posed by intrinsically normal infants and children during the course of their development and by children under care for persistent physical disabilities of all sorts. Though behavioral phenomena thus seem to comprise a major portion of contemporary pediatric practice, it is interesting to note that less than 5% of the papers submitted by pediatric academicians for presentation at the annual meetings of the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research in the recent years have been concerned with this subject.1 This is not altogether surprising in view of the current paucity of methods for gathering data concerning these phenomena in a form which can be analyzed, tested, acted upon, and taught in accordance with scientific principles.This paper

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