Psychology of the Child: Personal, Social, and Disturbed Child Development

Psychology of the Child: Personal, Social, and Disturbed Child Development

Psychology of the Child: Personal, Social, and Disturbed Child Development

Psychology of the Child: Personal, Social, and Disturbed Child Development

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If this book has any claim to uniqueness as a text in child psychology, it rests upon several interrelated purposes which guided me in writing. I wanted to find out the extent to which learning theory and psychoanalysis could be integrated with one another in the setting of child psychology. I considered that findings from clinical psychology had been relatively neglected in other publications. Believing that the developmental framework had been unduly neglected in most texts, I wished to combine the dramatic sweep of child development with the rigor and exactitude of the research studies contributing to it. I hold the opinion that it is heuristically desirable to go into more detail about selected studies than to cite a greater number of studies briefly; so I have tried to present enough material about the research being considered to allow the reader to see the study in the setting of the operations by which the conclusions were reached. As for my major reason in writing the book at all, I wanted to learn more about child psychology.

In any book such as this, the author's debt is manifold. There is my debt to those whose conceptions and researches have been learned from printed pages. There is my debt to publishers who have graciously permitted quotations, to whom specific acknowl-

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