The Problem Child at Home: A Study in Parent-Child Relationships

The Problem Child at Home: A Study in Parent-Child Relationships

The Problem Child at Home: A Study in Parent-Child Relationships

The Problem Child at Home: A Study in Parent-Child Relationships

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Those who work with the young patients of a child guidance clinic have a rare opportunity to gather family histories and observe relationships between parents and children. As a consequence, the records of these clinics are veritable mines of information on this most vital of topics. The present volume is the result of an effort to draw from the experiences of fathers and mothers and children who came to the clinics helpful suggestions for other parents faced by similar problems.

The chapters which follow lay no claim to completeness and are not the result of a statistical analysis. The interpretation they embody is based upon study of some two hundred records drawn (with a single exception) from the clinics conducted, during a five-year period, under the Commonwealth Fund Program for the Prevention of Delinquency. Most of these records were suggested for reading by members of the various clinic staffs in response to a request for cases where the child's difficulties seemed clearly to originate in the home. While there is no certainty that the records studied are fair samples of the much larger numbers of such cases to be found in the various clinics, the fact that suggestions were received from many workers of diverse training in different communities seems to assure against undue predominance of any one point of view. Furthermore, attendance upon a long series of clinic case conferences in which scores of unselected records were discussed enabled the writer to make some independent choices, and has convinced her that the material examined is roughly representative.

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