Case Studies of Normal Adolescent Girls

Case Studies of Normal Adolescent Girls

Case Studies of Normal Adolescent Girls

Case Studies of Normal Adolescent Girls

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All those who have worked for any length of time with girls of high school age are aware that there are many adolescents who do not fall into the class of the abnormal but who are, nevertheless, poorly adjusted. That is to say, they have not learned how to live effectively, how to progress satisfactorily, or how to make happy and satisfying contacts with their everyday surroundings.

It is generally accepted by psychologists that the emotional life of adolescence is for the most part merely a continuance of the emotional trends that have developed during infancy and childhood. Yet because of the growing complexity of life at this period, the increasing awareness of self and the relation of self to others, adolescence often brings to a crisis and makes more acute and annoying factors which in childhood were accepted unquestioningly. Confusion ensues.

In many cases things are not what they seem. The outward reaction of a girl can be named easily but the cause of the reaction is remote and difficult to reach. Remedial work of even the simplest nature often cannot be undertaken until the underlying causes are discovered. With the hope of helping adolescent girls to a happier adjustment a technique named the case history method has been developed.

The procedure is not based on theory alone. It involves . . .

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