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April 1968

Neurosis in the Ordinary Family: A Psychiatric Survey.

Am J Dis Child. 1968;115(4):513-514. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100010515025

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Doctor Ryle, a general practitioner in an old London working class industrial borough, collaborated with a psychiatric social worker and a psychiatric consultant in the study of 112 families with school-age children. Miss Hamilton, psychiatric social worker, saw the parents of each family together in an extensive detailed interview. The parents were also asked to complete the Cornell Medical Index and the parent-attitude questionnaires. Doctor Ryle summarized the records of these families in his general practice and the schools submitted school reports. MacFarlane ratings were used to describe the children's personalities and symptoms. Thirty-two tables were derived from the data collected. The study was designed to investigate the relationship of the parents' childhood experiences, adult "neuroticism," and marriage relationship, to their child-rearing behavior, and the emotional health of the children. The author acknowledges that there is a possible deficiency in the validity of the recording and rating techniques. He was

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