Personality and the Family

Personality and the Family

Personality and the Family

Personality and the Family

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Yale University

The complex pattern of behavior problems centering around the family in relation to personality is one of the little explored areas on the sociological map. Considering the need of the average college student for a thorough knowledge of this field, this is strange and regrettable. It is true that a vast mass of literature, popular and otherwise, has been printed about sex and about family life in ancient times or among primitive groups, but of material about the family as a fundamental institution in our changing American social order there is little available material.

Every student has been and will be involved in family relationships throughout all or most of his life. Any education that aims to prepare for the problems of personal and social living should provide a thorough study of marriage, parental education, and family adjustments, as well as of the more theoretical fields of pure science. Present social changes make students of societal institutions more conscious than ever before of the great and urgent need for a scientific, candid, and dispassionate study of personality in relation to the modern family, designed to aid all those who will themselves before long be engaged in creating and maintaining a family. A successful marriage and a successful home do not come by accident. The policy of "rugged individualism," in building the home, of letting college men and women, without previous knowledge of many aspects of the new relationship find out for themselves through the give and take of the marriage relation, the essential rules for a happy family life, is disastrous as our divorce statistics show.

Years of research and a constant testing of materials in the classroom have gone into the making of this volume; Professor Hart has had wide experience in teaching the subject. Although a profound grasp of statistical and scientific data lies back of and beneath this treatise, the author does not permit this to monopolize attention or distract it from the application of statistics and human experience to the student's own life and his grasp of the subject as it relates to him.

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